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Bruce Levenson is leaving. Can Danny Ferry possibly stay? (Johnny Crawford/AJC) Bruce Levenson is leaving. Can Danny Ferry possibly stay? (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

When first the Atlanta Hawks’ owners were squabbling over a general manager, it was semi-comical. In 2005, Billy Knight wanted to send Boris Diaw and two draft picks to Phoenix in a sign-and-trade for Joe Johnson; Steve Belkin thought that was too much to give and refused to grant his blessing. The whole thing wound up in a Massachusetts court — yielding the famous photo of Knight refusing Belkin’s proffered handshake — and led to the other owners deposing Belkin as NBA governor and holding what amounted to a pep rally for Knight on the floor of Philips Arena.

This is different. This isn’t amusing in any way. This involves racist language and could well cost Danny Ferry, who 36 hours ago was seen as this franchise’s shining light, his job.

Zack Klein of Channel 2 WSB reported last…

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