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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has announced that Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson has agreed to sell the team after bringing a racist email sent in 2012 to light.
In the email, Levenson made several racist comments including complaints that the Hawks crowds are ‘70% black’, the ‘cheerleaders are black’ and the ‘black crowd were scaring away the whites’.
To read the full email, click here.
Back in May, Levenston said the NBA should have ‘zero tolerance’ for racism shortly after racist comments made by Sterling were leaked online.
Silver has acted quickly to resolve the issue but following on from the Donald Sterling saga, it’s another unsavoury incident the NBA has had to deal with.
“(Levenson) shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family – fans, players, team employees, business partners and fellow team owners – for having diverted attention away from our game,” Silver said in a statement.
Atlanta will become the third team to be sold this summer after Milwaukee were bought for $550m and Steve Ballmer became the new owner of the Clippers in a deal worth $2billion.