The letter, signed by CEO Steve Koonin, states that the Hawks “did not do the right thing” to correct racist comments and inflammatory words “over a period of years” that have come to light.
The letter was released a day after general manager Danny Ferry asked for and was granted an indefinite leave of absence following racist comments he made during a conference call in June. An ensuing investigation led to the discovery of a racially inflammatory email sent by controlling owner Bruce Levenson in 2012. Levenson announced that he would sell in stake in the team last Sunday. So began what would become a public battle with the release of additional emails, transcripts, audio recordings and background reports.