June 13: Levenson responds that evening and the two exchange several more emails about the subject. Gearon asks if Levenson recalls Ferry's remarks and informs him there is a tape of the call. Levenson responds by writing: "Very concerned. Send copy of recording. Will listen to it and call you." When asked again whether Levenson and partner Ed Peskowitz had heard the comments about Deng, Levenson responds that Peskowitz is in Israel but that he "didn't come away with the same level of concern" and wants to hear the recording.
June 14: Unable to send the large audio file from his phone, Gearon breaks from a meeting and transcribes the portion of the recording concerning Deng in a restaurant in Amsterdam. He sends the transcript to Levenson.
June 16: A meeting is held in at Gearon's office. In attendance are both Gearons, Estep, co-owner Rutherford Seydel, Levenson and team legal officer Scott Wilkinson. The Gearons believe the reason for the meeting was to play the recording of the conference call. They are informed that Levenson has begun an independent investigation into the entire organization that will be conducted by the law firm of Alston and Bird. They are informed to check their computer servers for any documents that contain issues of race.
June 17: The sides begin to set up interviews with Alston and Bird. While searching his server, Gearon finds an email Levenson wrote to Ferry two years previously with inflammatory remarks about the racial makeup of the Hawks fan base and game operations. That email, after being reported to the NBA, led Levenson to announce he was selling his controlling interest in the team. The email was forwarded to Gearon sometime after it was written on Aug. 25, 2012, and included subsequent back-and-forth emails between Levenson and Ferry. Part of those email exchanges includes Ferry's displeasure with the over-the-top nature of public address announcer Ryan Cameron.
June 18: Levenson writes an email to Gearon and Seydel condemning the June 12 letter. "While I believe your two recent emails to me are filled with false and misleading comments that require pages and pages of response, for the moment I must tell you that I'm perplexed at the course of action you took. … Your emails have triggered an independent investigation that will get to the bottom of your allegation but they also trigger for me serious questions about our partnership."