Danny Ferry expresses mixed emotions about leaving the team, but is relieved that he and the franchise can move on. Of course this all stems from the release of an audio recording which Ferry made racial comments toward then free agent forward Luol Deng.
“I have mixed emotions, but it’s good to have the situation resolved and to be moving forward,”Ferry told ESPN and pay per head sportsbook sources. “We’ve been together for three years. I’ll miss being part of it. But I’m also happy for the people who are getting opportunities to move forward. So it’s mixed emotions for a lot of reasons.”
Mike Budenholzer has been asked to take over the team and still coach after pay per head sportsbook software sources explained that Danny Ferry would get paid a little more then what he was owed. Ferry said, he had considered coming back during the season on many occasions, but ultimately decided against because he didn’t want to become a distraction for the team. The Atlanta Hawks won 60 games, and placed four players in the All-Star game.
As for the audio on the call, which occurred June 6, 2014, Ferry characterized Deng as a player who “has a little African in him,” and added, “He’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.” Ferry maintains he was reading from a scouting report prepared by a third party.
“We reported the results of our work to the Hawks,” Taylor wrote in a letter to Ferry. “In summary, the facts indicated that you repeated comments that were not your own about Mr. Deng from a scouting report during the call, and there was no evidence to indicate that during the call you acted in a manner motivated by negative bias toward Mr. Deng.”
There was never written report which seems odd, Ferry had asked for it but when asked why the documents weren’t released sooner Ferry responded: “In September, Bernard Taylor gave his findings to the team. So you’re going to have to ask them that.”
“I do know that a guiding principle for everyone in this was the sale. Getting the team up for sale took a lot longer than everyone anticipated. I think initially everyone was hoping to have the sale done quickly, but because it was a struggle to figure out what was actually for sale and getting the team actually up for sale, the team didn’t actually go to sale really until January or February.
That’s not what I was expecting. But it’s the way that it unraveled and it certainly pushed everything back for everybody.”