September 8th, 2014
11:26 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive: Kareem Adbdul-Jabbar on Bruce Levenson

Bruce Levenson is the majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks and he is selling the team after racially charged e-mails came to light. He was writing about why the team was not attracting more affluent white season ticket holders. In one e-mail he wrote:

"My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant season ticket base." He added, "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 had been one of the most vocal critics of Donald Sterling earlier this year. Unlike Sterling, Levenson is selling his team without a fight. But NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told Anderson that he does not believe that Levenson was expressing hatred.

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles Blow says he does not believe Levenson should get "a business waiver for bias." He spoke to Anderson in a conversation with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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  1. adefokun

    There is no hatred in that statement.

    September 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
  2. insi10

    Bruce Levenson is an honorable man and a great business leader. Yes, his comments could have been phrased better, but there is absolutely not one racist word or untrue word in what he said.

    September 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm |

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