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On the heels of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's forced exile from the NBA for making racist comments, another NBA team owner is giving up his stake in a team after a racially insensitive email regarding the team's fan base was made public.
Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson self-reported the existence of the email -- in which he wrote that he believed black Hawks fans attending games were scaring away affluent white fans -- to league officials, reports The Daily Beast. But Levenson may just be the first NBA owner to have comments made over email come to light. As Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann notes, as the lawsuit filed by Sterling's against the league makes its way through court, other incriminating statements by league owners may come to light through the legal process of discovery.
What is discovery, and how might it expose the conversations between league owners and officials? Here are three things to consider:
In a statement regarding Bruce Levenson's email, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, "We will be working with the Hawks ownership group on the appropriate process for the sale of the team." Silver also noted that the NBA has instituted mandatory anti-discrimination training for all league personnel.
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