Second NBA owner selling a team following racist remarks

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

2 comments

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.