Second NBA owner selling a team following racist remarks
Another NBA owner is forfeiting his team because of racist comments he made in an email back in 2012.
Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson announced Sunday that he’ll be selling his controlling interest in the team.
Levenson said the 2012 email he sent to other owners and management was “inappropriate and offensive.”
In the email, Levenson wrote that attendees at Hawks games were 70% black, and that the crowd was scaring away whites and hurting ticket sales.
Levenson voluntarily reported the email to the NBA and subsequently announced he’d sell the team.
In a statement, Levenson said, “if you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be. I’m angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense. We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.”
The incident comes a few months after audio came out of Donald Sterling, then owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, making racist remarks to his girlfriend. Sterling ended up selling the Clippers and he was banned from the league.