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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks general manager, Danny Ferry, took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.
Ferry recently came under fire for his racial comments about current Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.
Ferry made the comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. The Hawks were interested in signing Deng, and Ferry was reading off a scouting report written by somebody else.
Ferry released a statement regarding the situation:
“No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.
“Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world. I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them. Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize.”
There was pressure for Ferry to be fired, but Hawks CEO Steve Koonin refused, instead asking for Ferry to take a leave of absence.
“My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing,” Koonin said in a statement.
Ferry also stated he plans to undergo sensitivity training.
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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Miami Heat forward Luol Deng responded to a recent scouting report that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry read during a June conference call.
Ferry and the Hawks pursued Deng before he signed with Miami last season and apologized on Monday for the racial comments he made in a letter that he sent to Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.
Deng released a statement on Tuesday.
‘HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM’
“Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome.”
“These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.
“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little.’ For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.
“Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.
“However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren’t comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.
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Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat has re-signed guard Dwyane Wade, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different. I am ecstatic to have him back in the fold and I am confident that Dwyane, as always, will be leading this team as we look to contend for NBA Championships.”
Miami originally selected Wade out of Marquette with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In 11 seasons with the Heat, Wade has averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds per game. The 10-time All-Star has won three NBA championships during his tenure.
The Heat also announced on Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Luol Deng.
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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a move that benefits one team in the present, and the other in the future, the Cleveland Cavaliers has sent center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng.
In addition to t…
Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bulls (5-3) halted the Indiana Pacers (9-1) season opening nine-game winning streak on Saturday night with a 110-94 win.Forward Luol Deng led the way for the Bulls with 23 points and seven reboun…
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Even though he has a chance to cash in this summer during free agency, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng hopes to spend his entire career with the Bulls although he could be an unrestricted free agent after this se…
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – According to a report, the Chicago Bulls and forward Luol Deng were unable to come to terms on a long-term contract extension.
His agent Herb Rudoy told the Chicago Tribune last week that the Bulls informed…
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — It was a tough series, but the Miami Heat are moving on.
LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwayne Wade added 18 and the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls 94-91 in Miami on Wednesday night to close out their second-r…
Elsa/Getty Images(BROOKLYN) — The short-handed Bulls are moving on.
The Chicago Bulls overcame injury and illness to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-93 in Game 7 at the Barclays Center to advance in the NBA playoffs.
Joakim Noah, who continues to deal wi…
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(DEERFIELD, Ill.) — The already-injured Chicago Bulls may stay that way for Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Bulls forward Luol Deng is in the ER because of a case of viral flu that caused him to miss Game 6 for Chicago, a l…
David Banks/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The streak is over.
Luol Deng scored 28 points to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Miami Heat, 101-97 on Wednesday to end the Heat’s 27-game winning streak.
LeBron James scored 32 points for Miami (56-15), but a late…
Stacy Revere/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Lakers are starting to figure things out.
Dwight Howard scored 16 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to help the Lakers past the Chicago Bulls, 90-81, on Sunday at the Staples Center.
Chris Chambers/Getty Images)(INDIANAPOLIS) — In a battle for Central Division supremacy, the Indiana Pacers were just a little bit better.
David West scored 31 points to help lead the Pacers past the Chicago Bulls, 97-92, on Sunday night.
The Pacers (…
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Even for the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls, this was quite a performance.
The Bulls held the Atlanta Hawks to the fewest first-half points in their history in a 97-58 beatdown at the United Center on Monday nig…
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Even with injured superstar Derrick Rose sidelined, the Chicago Bulls will still be a tough out. Luol Deng scored 23 points, Nate Robinson gave the Bulls a lift and Chicago handed the Orlando Magic their first l…
Philadelphia 76ers/NBA(Philadelphia) – Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala has had a rough time shooting free-throws in the fourth quarter this season. He averaged 45 percent from the charity stripe during the regular season, but Thursday …
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bulls (43-13) continue to find a way to win without their all-star Derrick Rose.
On Thursday night, Luol Deng scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half to lead his team past the Boston Celtics (3…
National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) — The NBA announced the reserves for the All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 26.Eastern Conference: Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, Phil…
National Basketball Association(DEERFIELD, Ill.) — The first-place Chicago Bulls will have to get by for the forseeable future without one of their most important players. Forward Luol Deng has suffered a torn wrist ligament and his return to the cour…