Report: Hawks minority owner wanted Ferry fired for Deng comment
The Atlanta Hawks storyline was already strange, but additional information has surfaced about the comments about ex-Bull Luol Deng reportedly made by Hawks GM Danny Ferry.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution and WSB-TV in Atlanta are reporting a letter was sent by Hawks minority owner Michael Gearon asking for the resignation or termination of Ferry.
According to the reports, Ferry spoke to members of the Hawks ownership group on a conference call about free agency. Deng, who eventually signed with Miami, was a potential target.
Speaking about Deng, Ferry reportedly said the former Bulls forward is "a guy who would have a nice store out front, but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back."
Whether or not Ferry was reading a report written by someone else in the organization is not clear. But it does seem possible Ferry could be in line for punishment by the NBA, in addition to owner Bruce Levenson announcing plans to sell his stake in the team because of a potentially offensive e-mail he wrote about the racial makeup of Hawks fans.
Here are links to stories by ajc.com and WSB-TV: