Killer Mike Has Answers For Atlanta Hawks Ownership

Killer Mike Okayplayer The Questions

It appears that at least once a week Killer Mike builds his campaign for President of Hip-Hop.  In the latest racism scandal to hit the NBA, Bruce Levenson, co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, is selling his share of the team after admitting to composing a racially offensive e-mail two years ago[READ IT HERE]. In the e-mail to GM Danny Ferry, Levenson blamed the team’s inability to attract season ticket holders on the racial composition of the attendees, the hip-hop music being played and their lateness to games, among other things.

The NBA launched an investigation in July regarding the e-mail, which Levenson volunteered to the league, and today he issued a statement on his decision to sell his stake in the team.

“In trying to address those issues, I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive. I trivialized our fans by making cliched assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.”

However, Atlanta native Killer Mike addressed the situation in a series of Tweets, stating that he didn’t think the e-mail was actually racist.

While we do think that some of the assumptions in the email were definitely racially motivated, Mike Bigga makes some valid points. Nothing attracts money like winning and star power. The last draft pick they had to make any real noise was Al Horford in 2007.

Do you think the email was racist? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook @WatchLOUD.

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