Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has taken a leave of absence from the team.
This comes after racial comments he made in a conference call with team owners in reference to Luol Deng.
The call that caught Ferry's remarks occurred on June 6th. Audio obtained by ESPN's Darren Rovell and other media outlets confirmed Ferry's remarks.
Ferry claimed he was "repeating comments that were gather from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting different players."
Head coach, Mike Budenholzer will look over basketball operations department during Ferry's absence.
Ferry was with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-2010, where he went 272-138. In August he returned to the Spurts as a Vice President of Basketball Operations. On June 2, 2012, he accepted a position as the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager for the Atlanta Hawks.