UPDATED: The Daily Mail included these quotes from the controversial e-mail in which Levenson complains that the black crowd was scaring off whites from attending games:
'My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base,' Levenson said in the email released Sunday by the Hawks.
'Please don't get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arena back then. I never felt uncomfortable, but I think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority.'
Levenson said Hawks crowds were 70 percent black, the team's cheerleaders were black and hip-hop music was played.
'Then I start looking around at other arenas,' Levenson said. 'It is completely different.'
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta's population was 54 percent black and 38.4-percent white in 2010. For metro Atlanta, the ratio is 55.4 percent white and 32.4 percent black.
After Donald Sterling's racially offensive comments were made public when a mistress secretly-recorded a conversation with Sterling in which he made clear that he did not approve of her bringing black guests to LA Clippers' games and being photographed with them, I took a closer look at the men who own NBA teams. The most frequent criticism of the NBA team owners is that they are virtually all white males with a couple of exceptions, including the Hornets' Michael Jordan and the Kings' Vivek Ranadive. To my surprise, I discovered that 25 of the 30 NBA owners are Jewish like Sterling, Levenson and the Pacers' Herb Simon. What are the odds? American Jews represent about 2% of the population but 83% of NBA team owners. It appears to me the discrimination within the NBA ownership structure runs much more deeply than just white versus black, or male versus female.
When Sterling was forced to sell the Clippers, it provided an opportunity for the NBA team owners to expand the diversity of the leagues owners. Instead, the league approved as a new owner another white male who also happens to be Jewish. Given the amount of money us ordinary taxpayers are compelled by our corrupt politicians to fork over every year as tributes to these NBA team owners, who collectively are the some of the most narcissistic, wealth-flaunting people in the country to subsidize their NBA franchises, is it too much to demand that their ownership look more like America as a whole?