Months after ousted NBA owner Donald Sterling's now-infamous leaked racist phone call went public, another executive has decided to sell his team over a similar incident.
According to reports, Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson has bowed out over a racist e-mail went public.
Levenson admits he sent the email to team execs back in 2012, urging them to get more suburban white fans at games. He then laid out all the problems with the current fan base, listing the following:
– it’s 70 pct black
– the cheerleaders are black
– the music is hip hop
– at the bars it’s 90 pct black
– there are few fathers and sons at the games
– the concerts [after games] are either hip hop or gospel (TMZ)
Levenson went even further by claiming black fans scared potential white attendees…
Levenson took things a step further by dishing on a racist theory on African American fans.
Levenson continued in the email … “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.” He also complained that he’s told team execs, “I want some white cheerleaders … I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black.” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Levenson copped to the email in July — about 2 months after Donald Sterling was banned — and immediately informed the league he would sell the team. (TMZ)
Over the summer, Sterling publicly apologized to his Clippers franchise and anyone offended by his now-infamous leaked phone recording.
In an interview with CNN that will air Monday night, the shamed Los Angeles Clippers owner apologized for the racist remarks that led to his lifetime ban from the NBA. But Sterling, who had dragged Magic Johnson into this mess by telling his associate, V. Stiviano, on the revealed audiotapes that he didn’t approve of her posting pictures with the Los Angeles Lakers legend online, also said in the CNN interview that he didn’t he didn’t think Johnson was a “good example for the children of Los Angeles,” in how he contracted HIV. (USA Today)
Recently, Houston rap veteran Scarface said Sterling should feel no urge to openly apologize for his leaked audio recording.
“I don’t feel like he should apologize. Why should he? I don’t apologize. Why should he? Why would he? For what? Ain’t no–Sorry for what? Sorry for what? What you sorry about? ‘I’m sorry because I don’t like black people.’ No sir. Why you sorry about that?” (AHH)
Prior to Face Mob’s remarks, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz said he believed everyone had made controversial comments in private but acknowledged Sterling messed up by getting caught.
“I just think it’s a crazy situation. For me, period, I feel like some of us assume people in certain positions have this mind frame, or at least I do, without actually having to hear it but when you hear the confirmation, it makes you feel a certain way. But my whole opinion, I’m sure a few of us in here have said a few things to our friends whether playing or serious that we’re glad weren’t recorded and given to TMZ. … At the end of the day, he f*cked up.” (“Chelsea Lately”)