Luol Deng Forgives Danny Ferry


Well it seems that now even Luol Deng does not think Danny Ferry is a racist. That does not mean that any of the people who have said as much about Danny Ferry would condone what he said, as even Luol Deng would not.

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Deng met with the Miami media for the first time and naturally they wanted to talk about the comments made by Ferry in the scouting meeting in Atlanta. Deng obliged them with some comments. Most notably he forgave Ferry, which is what we all hope we would do if in that same situation. Deng also revealed that he had spoken to Ferry.

Deng said, “I really think one of the hardest things to do as a human being – and something we should do more often – is to forgive…I do forgive Danny. It’s not something that I want to hold onto for the rest of my career and the rest of my life. I had the chance to speak to Danny and I really believe he’s sorry for what he said.

And whether it came from him or wherever it came from, the main focus really should be how we move on forward. What are we going to do about it? Instead of just pointing fingers and trying to go after each other and be mad at each other, I think everything happens for a reason and we could turn this situation of something so negative and something bad that words that were used to describe me and describe where I came from and really turn it into something positive.”

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  • Deng does admit that the whole episode made him more suspicious about what goes on behind closed doors in the NBA that no one talks about. He said this: “Atlanta was one of the teams that I really wanted…If I was with them, maybe it wouldn’t have come out. You don’t know.”

    Well, I am pretty sure it would never have come out unless it was about a power play by some owners against other owners (which part of it was). How awkward would that have been, having Deng signed to the roster only to have this story leak. How would that have played out? I tend to think Deng would have handled it better than most, but who knows.