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Bruce Levenson to sell interest in Atlanta Hawks per report

Bruce Levenson will sell his stake in the Atlanta Hawks per a report due to a racist email that he sent back in 2012.

Mike Zarrilli

Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson will sell his stake in the Atlanta Hawks.

At issue is a reported email from 2012 that contains some sort of racist element. Wojnarowski also reports that NBA owners met on the issue in New York last week and that Levenson agreed to sell his stake.

Obviously this is a serious subject in wake of the Donald Sterling situation that dominated NBA headlines this summer. The NBA forced the longtime Clippers' owner to sell the Clippers after it he made racist remarks.

Here is a statement issued by Levenson on the situation:

"If you're angry about what I wrote, you should be," Levenson said in a statement released by the team. "I'm angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense. We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.

"I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true. That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate e-mail to the NBA.

"After much long and difficult contemplation, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the team, the Atlanta community, and the NBA to sell my controlling interest in the Hawks franchise."