Over the weekend, the Hawks finally completed a long-in-the-works buyout agreement with disgraced GM Danny Ferry. Last fall, racially insensitive comments about Luol Deng’s African heritage made by Ferry during a free agency meeting surfaced, and Ferry was placed on an indefinite leave of absence. Now, after the most successful season in Hawks franchise history, he’s out, and the apology tour begins.
“I made a mistake,” Ferry told USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt. “I take full responsibility for that.”
Also in the interview, Ferry touched on the conversation he had with Deng in the aftermath of the comments:
The most difficult parts were early on. The conversation with Luol was difficult but he made it easy – his forgiveness and his dignity were unbelievably generous.
Calling someone like (NBA vice president for development in Africa) Amadou Gallo Fall, who works for the NBA and has used the NBA as…
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