Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson sent a mass email to those that wrote him with messages of support thanking them for doing so.
In the letter, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Levenson says that he "will be ok," and says he is "forever indebted" to those that have supported him.
From the letter:
I am sending this email to the 2,478 people who sent me kind emails in the past week. I also got hundreds of texts, written notes and phone calls. I tried to respond to each of you but may have missed a couple. Please know your kind words and stories were powerful ointment for me and my family. While my kids and Karen have held my hand, you have held my heart. Many of you are friends, and many others are co-workers, business associates, basketball players, coaches, team owners, clergy, and complete strangers.
Earlier this summer I attended a lecture where the speaker was trying to make the point that the opposite of love is judgment. I didn’t quite get it but I do now.
The entire letter can be found here.
Levenson announced last Sunday that he will sell his stake in the franchise after an internal investigation revealed a racist email he sent to team staff, which talked about trying to build a "more diverse fan base that includes more suburban whites."
The investigation was launched after Hawks GM Danny Ferry read aloud a racially insensitive comment from a report about then-free agent Luol Deng during a meeting with Hawks owners this summer, for which Ferry has apologized.
Ferry will reportedly be disciplined internally for his actions.
- Ben Estes