Ferry has already received disciplinary action from Hawks ownership.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has revealed his belief that the comments made by Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry are not a fireable offense.
Ferry has come under heavy criticism after an alleged conference call in which he was discussing potential free agents and described Luol Deng as “having a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out the back”.
CEO Steve Koonin revealed earlier this week that Ferry had been hit with a disciplinary sanction but he would be allowed to keep his job, while the punishment was not disclosed to the media, there has been suggestions that the NBA could take action.
The Hawks hired a law firm to conduct a thorough investigation into Ferry and after viewing over 24,000 documents, conducting 19 interview and reading “every email that Danny Ferry has ever sent as a general manager of the Atlanta Hawks”, Koonin revealed that no other negative information was found.
As a result, Silver has now announced that he will not take action against Ferry and he believes that the comments made are not enough to fire him.
“The fact that he was looking at the scouting report as a reference when he was making these remarks, what I’m saying is — and frankly my opinion — is that this is a team decision in terms of what the appropriate discipline is for their employee,” Silver told USA Today.
“But if I’m being asked my view, I’m saying that, based on what I know about the circumstances, I don’t think it’s a terminable offense.”
Ferry called both Deng and his agents over the weekend to personally apologise for his remarks, and