we sentence people based on what everybody wanted, we wouldn't have a justice system.

"I listened to what (the law firm) said because they had done the work ... so that's a decision I'm willing to live with."

Air Max 90 Premium Tape Gearon warned Levenson he believed Ferry's comments "could be fatal to the franchise" if made public.

Gearon said he and the other co-owners "were appalled that anyone would make such a racist slur under any circumstance, much less the GM of an NBA franchise on a major conference call."

Air Max 2013 Women Gearon declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Ferry apologized Tuesday but said he was only repeating what he had heard about Deng.

"In regards to the insensitive remarks that were used during our due diligence process, I was repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting about different players," Ferry said in a statement released by the team.

"I repeated those comments during a telephone conversation reviewing the draft and free agency process. Those words do not reflect my views, or words that I would use to describe an individual and I certainly regret it. I apologize to those I offended and to Luol, who I reached out to Monday morning."

Koonin has agreed to meet with Atlanta civil rights leaders on Wednesday. The Rev. Markel Hutchins said Monday he asked for the meeting to discuss what he believes is a racist attitude throughout the organization.

In his letter to Levenson, Gearon compared Ferry's remarks to much-publicized racist comments which forced Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers.

"We believe these comments by Ferry were far worse than Sterling's because they were not from a private personal conversation -- they were in a business environment on a business matter in front of a dozen or more people," Gearon wrote. "If Ferry would make such a slur in a semi-public forum, we can only imagine what he has said in smaller groups or to individuals."

Ferry was named the Hawks' general manager in 2012 following two years as vice-president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. He was general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-2010 and helped build the team that advanced to the 2007 NBA Finals.

There was renewed optimism about the direction of the team after Ferry hired coach Mike Budenholzer from San Antonio in 2013.

Now, the turmoil threatens to derail all their efforts.

New ownership must be found and despite the support of Koonin, Ferry's ability to survive the crisis is unknown.

In his letter of apology, Ferry pledged he would learn from the incident.

Air Max 2013 for sale "I am committed to learning from this and deeply regret this situation," Ferry said. "I fully understand we have work to do in order to help us create a better organization; one that our players and fans will be proud of, on and off the court, and that is where my focus is moving forward."