Kings director of player personnel and general manager for the Development League affiliate Reno Bighorns Shareef Abdur-Rahim shared his thoughts in an open letter to Yahoo! Sports on the mess in Atlanta involving general manager Danny Ferry, majority owner Bruce Levenson and racially insensitive remarks made by both that came to light this week.
Levenson has since announced he will sell his stake in the team after an email was reported to the league in which he wondered if black customers scared off whites from attending Hawks games.
Ferry is taking a leave of absence after his comments about Luol Deng, which he said came from a scouting report he was reading, portrayed the Sudan-born Deng as a liar and cheat because he still has “a little African” in him.
Abdur-Rahim is from Atlanta and has a great affinity for the city and community having also played for the Hawks.
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He notes in his his letter that the Hawks had attendance problems long before hip hop music or black cheerleaders were the norm at games, reasons Levenson used when wondering if that’s why whites were not attending more games.