Hawks GM Wes Wilcox Makes Racially Insensitive Joke at Fan Event

January 6th, 2017 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »
Atlanta Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox has apologized for making a racially insensitive joke during a team event with fans in December.

Patrick Redford of Deadspin reported Friday that Hawks season-ticket holder Clarenton Crawford was in attendance and provided details of an exchange with Wilcox. Crawford suggested the team replace head coach Mike Budenholzer with Mark Jackson as part of a series of questions that caused tension to rise before the GM attempted to calm the situation.

"I know you guys may be angry with me, but I'm used to it because I have a black wife and three mixed kids, so I'm used to people being angry and argumentative," Wilcox said, according to Crawford and another Deadspin source at the event.

Crawford told Deadspin he reached out to the organization to voice his displeasure. He received a meeting with CEO Steve Koonin and senior vice president Nzinga Shaw after asking whether Wilcox would be disciplined. He said Shaw told him in the meeting she was "counseling" the GM.

Wilcox released a statement to Deadspin about the matter, chalking the situation up as a failed attempt at a joke to diffuse a tense moment.< ...

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