Danny Ferry Gaining Supporters to Save Career


Slowly, the Danny Ferry saga is turning. Ferry, the embattled Hawks general manager, is currently on self-imposed leave for sensitivity training. The assumption is that he will be replaced once the Hawks ownership situation has been settled. His big supporter was recently ousted minority owner Bruce Levenson, and so either the Atlanta based part of the ownership group will gain control and oust him, or a new owner will want to bring him his own guy.

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Ferry has started finding support for at least a second chance after being recorded making anti-African comments in a meeting regarding whether or not the team should sign Luol Deng. Ferry has consistently said that he was merely reading and creating those comments.

Jul 29, 2014; El Segundo, CA, USA; Magic Johnson (right) listens at a press conference with Byron Scott (left) and Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak (center) at Toyota Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Magic Johnson was among the first who came out and asaid that Ferry should be fired. Magic has since met with Ferry personally and he now believes that Ferry should get a second chance. Johnson believed that Ferry’s apology and actions since the comments were sincere. Since he was one of the first to cry foul, Johnson’s change of heart is important.

Tim Duncan has come out and said that Ferry is not a racist. Duncan, like Johnson, did not condone Ferry’s comments but noted that they did not reflect on Ferry’s character.

Adam Silver had earlier come out and said that while the things that Ferry repeated were terrible that he did not believe that Ferry should be fired over them. It is out of Ferry’s hands what happens to him with the Hawks, but Silver’s comments give some cover to any team that might bring Ferry on board.