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Here's The Full Racist Scouting Report On Luol Deng

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WSB-TV in Atlanta has gotten its hands on the now infamous scouting report that Hawks GM Danny Ferry says he was reading from when he made racist remarks about Luol Deng while on a conference call with other members of the Hawks front office.


You can read the entire scouting report here. The passage in question is near the bottom of page two, in an entry dated June 6, 2014. It reads in part:

He's a good guy on the cover but he's an African. He has a little two-step in him = says what you like to hear, but behind closed doors he could be killing you. Con isn't bad, but it's there. African-like storefront, looks great but there is a black market section in the back.


Ferry has continued to claim that he wasn't speaking his own thoughts about Deng, and was just reading what was on the page in front of him. Although this report shows that the racist characterization of Deng and the storefront metaphor may not have originated in Ferry's brain, it makes it pretty clear that he was paraphrasing the report—rather nonchalantly—rather than reading it word for word. Again, here is exactly what Ferry said while on the call:

He's got some African in him. And I don't say that in a bad way, other than he's a guy that may make side deals behind you, if that makes sense. Like he has a storefront out front that's beautiful and great, but he is maybe selling some counterfeit stuff behind you.

For reason's that aren't entirely clear, much of the scouting report obtained by WSB-TV has been redacted, and so we have no idea who wrote the report on Deng.