NBA commissioner Adam Silver is already liked by many fans. Him banning Donald Sterling was a huge test for Silver as he had just taken over NBA commissioner duties after David Stern retired. However, Silver came through and ended up banning Donald Sterling from the NBA and forced him to sell the Clippers. Now, Silver faces another racism case with the Atlanta Hawks and Luol Deng. This whole story started when Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced he would sell the team due to a racist email he sent 2 years ago. Then, Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry said that Luol Deng has “A little African in him” which has lead to a statement from Deng and now NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Silver does not think the Hawks GM should be suspended and stated why:
“The discipline of a team employee is typically determined by the team, and in this case the Hawks hired a prestigious law firm to investigate the circumstances of Danny Ferry’s clearly inappropriate and unexpected remarks,” Silver said. “In my view, those comments, taken alone, doesn’t merit him losing his job”. Silver later added:
“It’s a question of context … These words, in this context, understanding the full story here, the existence of the scouting report, the fact that he was looking at the scouting report as a reference when he was making these remarks, what I’m saying is – and frankly my opinion — is that this is a team decision in terms of what the appropriate discipline for their employee. But if I’m being asked my view, I’m saying that, based on what I know about the circumstances, I don’t think it’s a terminable offense.”
Ferry was the GM for most of the time LeBron James was in his first stint with the Cavaliers.
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