If you haven't been following the situation in Atlanta, here's a quick refresher: Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced last weekend he would be selling the team because of a racist e-mail that he self reported to the NBA.
Since then, other details have emerged including an audio clip of Danny Ferry talking about Luol Deng on a conference call with the ownership group earlier this summer, in which he said Deng had "a little African in him", among other things.
Yesterday, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail addressing the Ferry's comments. We're excerpting a portion of it below, but you should read it in full here. This is, of course, not the first time Ujiri has written an op-ed. Earlier this year, he addressed the situation in which nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria.
This is not the right time -- and there's probably never one -- to puff our chests so to say and be blessed that we have someone like Ujiri running our team. But that's exactly how I feel. And from a big picture perspective, it's huge for Ferry that another executive -- and someone like Ujiri, who is African -- has shown understanding and compassion like this. Whether Ferry ends up keeping his job is up in the air, but what's more important is that the league continues to work towards getting to a better place collectively.
Here's the excerpt. Again, you can read Ujiri's piece in its entirety here.