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Sep 9, 2014 6:28 PM

Hawks discipline GM Ferry for racist comments

The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are sticking with general manager Danny Ferry even though the team's new majority owner wants him fired for racially charged comments about Luol Deng.

CEO Steve Koonin on Tuesday told the Hawks' flagship radio station that he made the decision to discipline Ferry but allowed him to keep his job managing the team. He did not say what the punishment was.

Deng, who now plays for the Miami Heat, says he is "saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today."

Ferry made the inflammatory comments about Deng in a conference call with the Hawks' ownership group in June when the team pursued Deng as a free agent, saying the forward "has a little African in him."

Deng says, "I actually have a lot."


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