The report, with names and some passages redacted, contains racially insensitive remarks about Deng. The source of the redacting is unclear. The remarks were read by general manager Danny Ferry during a conference call with ownership and management in June. It began an investigation, first by the Hawks and then the NBA, which led to controlling owner Bruce Levenson announcing his intention to sell his interest in the team Sunday. It has also put Ferry on the hot seat for repeating the comments.
A section of the report, which is dated June 6, 2014, reads: “He is a good guy on the cover but he’s an African. He has a little two-step in him = says what you want to hear, but behind closed doors he could be killing. Con isn’t bad but there. African-like, store front looks great but there’s a black market section in the back.”