Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson admitted that he sent a racist e-mail in August 2012 and will sell his interest in the NBA franchise as a result.
Levenson reported the e-mail to the NBA in July, almost two years after it was sent but while the league was deep in litigation over the sale of the L.A. Clippers.
Levenson was a vocal critic of Donald Sterling, the Clippers owner who was recorded making very racist comments by V. Stiviano and banned for life by the league.
The e-mail, to Hawks President Danny Ferry, explains (in great detail) Levenson's belief that the Hawks' fan base was too heavily African-American.
"I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive," Levenson said in a news release, having self-reported his own scandal.
"I trivialized our fans by making cliched assumptions ... by focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional, hurtful message that white fans are more valuable than our black fans."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an NBA news release:
"Prior to the completion of the investigation, Mr. Levenson notified me last evening that he had decided to sell his controlling interest in the Atlanta Hawks."
"As Mr. Levenson acknowledged, the views he expressed are entirely unacceptable and are in stark contrast to the core principles of the National Basketball Association."
"He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family for [diverting] attention away from our game."
Read the full email from Levenson after the jump ...