Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling share in the NBA team after some racial comments he made have come to light.
Yet another NBA team owner has been thrust into the spotlight for racist remarks. An email that Bruce sent just over two years ago went public. In it he expressed his hypothesis that the atmosphere as too black to keep white fans coming out for games.
“My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base,” Levenson said in the email released Sunday by the Hawks.
“Please don’t get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arena back then. I never felt uncomfortable, but I think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority.”
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