Carmelo Anthony: Free agents won't sign with Hawks

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Carmelo Anthony blasts Hawks
Saturday September 13th, 2014

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony doesn't think free agents will sign with the Hawks after general manager Danny Ferry's racist comments about Luol Deng.

Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence, but commissioner Adam Silver said he does not believe Ferry should be fired.

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"[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said Saturday at his basketball camp in Manhattan, according to's Ian Begley. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint.

"Atlanta is a great city, a great market, great people, great atmosphere. But as far as the comments [that] were made, I think it was uncalled for. From an owner, from a GM, those are not things you play with."

Hawks owner Bruce Levenson said he will sell the team in the wake of racially insensitive emails he sent that said black fans were preventing suburban white fans from attending games.

Ferry, paraphrasing a scouting report, said Deng "has a little African in him," and is "like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back."

Said Anthony: "As a player, as an athlete, we're looking for a job, we're trying to find a place where we can move our family, we can make our family comfortable, where we can be comfortable in a comfortable environment. But those comments right there, we would never look at [playing there].

"I'm speaking on behalf of all athletes. We would never look at a situation like that, I don't care what it is."

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