It was originally reported that Hawks owner Bruce Levenson had admitted to his own racist comments from an email exchange with Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry. The email, which you can read here, details Levenson's opinions on the Hawks fanbase.
As a result of the disturbing content of the email message, Levenson had indicated that he would sell his portion of the team.
However, ESPN is now reporting that the message only came to light as a result of an investigation that began three months ago. The investigation began after racist comments were included in a scouting report on Luol Deng.
As per ESPN, "the Hawks held a meeting in early June to discuss potential free-agent targets...Ferry cited a background report that included an "offensive and racist" remark about a player."
ESPN's Marc Stein has confirmed that the player in question is Deng (via Twitter):
ESPN sources say that the player referred to in the initial Hawks' background report that triggered the ensuing investigation was Luol Deng— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 8, 2014
Deng has not provided a comment at this time.
The NBA has been very proactive in eliminating Donald Sterling's overt racism from the ranks of its various owners. With Levenson reportedly set to sell his portion of the team, it is unclear if any further action will be taken.
"He's still a young guy overall. He's a good guy overall. But he's not perfect. He's got some African in him. And I don't say that in a bad way."