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Here is email that forced Hawks’ owner Levenson to sell team

Bruce Levenson

Bruce Levenson


Here’s the thing the NBA doesn’t want to discuss: What Hawks owner Bruce Levenson phrases poorly in the email below, what he uses no euphemisms in discussing, is something a lot of NBA front offices have discussed. Why do you think there is a dress code for NBA players attending games?

Levenson is selling the Hawks following an email he sent in 2012 that he self-reported to the NBA and led to an investigation. Jeff Zillgett of USA Today shared the email in tweets.

Levenson said this about his comments:

“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.”

This race issue is something the NBA has tried to deal with and get past since the 1970s, this email was certainly not a step forward on that account.