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The Atlanta Hawks have a history of being unable to attract star players to their franchise. Dominique Wilkins was the team’s last superstar and he was, unceremoniously, traded from the team 20 years ago.

After the Hawks’ recent racist debacle, the team will have a difficult time signing key free agents in the future, Carmelo Anthony believes.

Anthony recently voiced his opinion of Hawks owner Bruce Levenson and GM Danny Ferry making racist statements. Levenson believed that the Hawks fans were “too black” and Ferry spoke about Luol Deng and basically called him a two-faced African.

“Nobody would want to play there,” Anthony said while referring to players’ unwillingness to sign with the team. “I think it was uncalled for. From an owner, from a GM, those are not things you play with. As a player, we’re looking for a job, we’re trying to find a place where we can move our family, where we can make our family comfortable. But those comments right there, we would never look at the franchise. I’m speaking on behalf of all athletes. We would never look at a situation like that.”

Levenson says he will sell his stake in the Hawks. Ferry was placed on indefinite leave, but he has yet to be fired.

All of the Hawks black players have been silent since the incident occurred.

A.R. Shaw

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  • butterbeanbabe

    THANKS FOR THAT CAMELO … IT TAKES AREAL MAN TO SAY WHAT YOU SAID … i often have referred to the NBA TEAMS as the new plantation slaves .. cause yes they make millions but the owner and managers make the real BUCKS .. BUT GIVE THE PLAYERS A FEW 100 THOUSAND OR 1 OR 3 million there aint a lot of leborn james making 30 million a year its rare but players make a deccent living some cant even keep up with child support .. and i link a lot of the domestic violence to the hate the players got once they realize they are UNCLE TOMS BEING OVER WORKED AND UNDER APPRECIATED .. .CAMELO MAKES GOOD BUT LALA MONEY DONT HURT AT ALL … those young guys aint makeing nothing you can tell by the homes they live in and the rent benzs they aint getting nothing and endorsements are hard to come by …
    so camelo is ANGRY FOR A GREAT REASON ,, I PROMISE YOU IF THESE PLAYER START BOYCOTTING THESE GAMES THESE HONKIES WITH MANSIONS AND JET PLANES WILL START TREATING THEM WITH RESPECT ..
    IT ALL GOT NOTICE WHEN DONALD STERLING .. ranted how didnt want his woman around black athletes that was fear his little d…ick old dick at that WOULD BE FORCE TO QUIT IF ONE OF THOSE YOUNG MEN GOT HER .. INSECURITY, AND IGNORANCE .. EQUALS RACISM …. so who is the blame ? … i blame the athletes for walking round quiet scared, that no one will sign them if they speak out .. non of them spoke against ray rice situation … male fans are the same all hoping that SHIT GET SWEPT UNDER THE RUG ..ALL THE DAM TIME .. ITS NOT FAIR TO THE REAL PLAYERS WITH MORALS AND WANT TO DO IT RIGHT … YOU HAVE RIGHT TO NOT PLAY FOR A TEAM THAT THE MANAGERS AND OWNERS ARE RACIST…………. no one wants to shut down a whole team. THE HAWKS COME FROM A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK CITY ..YOU WOULDNT THINK THESE MANAGERS WOULD BE ACTING THAT WAY ………..

  • Shame…

    I think the hawks had trouble attracting star players even before all this scandal came out. It’s unfair that a few racist comments drive what ppl think about the overall spirit of the hawks and Atlanta.

    • butterbeanbabe

      plus atlanta may not have a supportive fan base cause black people dont buy tickets to no game …im just saying .. its not like dallas ,dallas fans are heavy they come to all the games and pack out the stadium they are dedicated to the team .. the hawks fans im not so sure , not saying no blacks come to the game just black men preferr to watch from the couch ,cause black women will not allow them to throw away money on a game thats coming to tv ….smart i think

      • Noff Memphis

        Let me say this…Memphis is a chocolate city (over 60 black) and if you go to a Grizzlies game all you see from courtside to all the way up to the last seat is black folks and to a sold out crowd…so how the f is black folks not spending money? They even buy those high ass $9 bottles of beer..so wtf are you talking bout? ..I will tell you wtf you’re talking..and it’s called “bbulllshittt”.