Report: Some Hawks executives doubt Danny Ferry’s contrition
Since his racist comments about Luol Deng, Danny Ferry has mostly avoided the public eye.
But there’s another side.Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
Ferry’s efforts at contrition sometimes fell short to some inside the organization. Several Hawks executives were at times put off by Ferry’s behavior during a compulsory two-day sensitive training session, especially since they considered his actions triggered the assembly in the first place. He came across as inattentive and dismissive of the exercise, some said, and fiddled with his phone quite a bit. Ferry contends he was taking notes on the meeting.
“It was awkward for everyone because I had not seen or been around Hawks employees for three months,” Ferry told ESPN this summer about the sensitivity training. “I took the seminar seriously, participated in the role-play exercises and certainly learned from the two-day session.”
I don’t know whether Ferry has shown the proper level of contrition, whether he was playing on his phone or taking notes.
But I know what he said:
He was not reading directly from a scouting report. He did not stop when his paraphrasing repeated a racist trope.
That’s a problem.
I don’t think Ferry intended to say something racist – but he did.
It’s a fixable issue, though. Through introspection and a desire to change, he can learn from this mistake. Maybe he already has.
That some around him don’t think he took that process seriously is worth noting. They might be off base, and Ferry obviously disagrees with their perception. But this is a two-sided story despite the common narrative focusing on Ferry’s redemption.
It’ll be up to any potential future employers to sort through the discrepancies.