September 13, 2014 9:41 pm -

[su_center_ad]The Atlanta Hawks released a letter Saturday saying the team “did not do the right thing…over a period of years.”

The apology, signed by CEO Steve Koonin, was released one day after the team announced general manager Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his racially charged comments about Luol Deng.

Last Sunday, co-owner Bruce Levenson announced he’d sell his controlling share of the team following the release of his racially inflammatory comments in an email to Ferry and the team’s other owners.

“We are very sorry,” Koonin said in the letter.

“Over the course of the last week, the Hawks have let down our players, our employees, our fans and the city we love. Our shortcomings have been broadly shared – including how we have failed to operate well internally and externally. It has been humbling and, while we have read, seen and come to know many things about ourselves, our learnings have just begun.”[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

5 responses to Hawks Issue Blanket Apology For Racially-Charged Comments

  1. tiredoftea September 13th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    “…our learnings have just begun.” let’s hope that is true, and that they include English lessons, too.

    • Anomaly 100 September 13th, 2014 at 9:51 pm


    • Tommy6860 September 13th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Yea, the person who wrote that is a very ‘teached’ person. 😛

  2. juicyfruityyy September 14th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    At least, they acknowledge that they have been wrong for years. However, it should never have taken years.

  3. Denise September 14th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    He acknowledged it, that’s all that those who are targeted for racism ask. Acknowledge, then take action to change yourself. He’s not Sterling, who will go to his grave believing he’s not racist. Stepping down was not needed, unless he’s got a history similar to Sterlings.