Mayor Reed says Hawks will stay in Atlanta - CBS46 News

Mayor Reed says Hawks will stay in Atlanta

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

In a news briefing Friday morning, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the Atlanta Hawks will stay in the city.

Reed provided an update on his meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson said is selling his controlling interest in the NBA team after he made racist comments.

In a statement, Levenson admits to making racist remarks when contemplating how to bring a more diverse crowd to the basketball games.

"There are many people, including me, that feel Levenson's comments were just as egregious as Donald Sterling's," said Reed.

Reed will meet with Levenson soon to see where he is on sale of the team and said there are willing buyers, including two international buyers.

The goal of the Hawks is to have a new owner by the end of the year.

Reed said he is not ready to ask for the resignation of Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, who also used offensive language.

He said it would be left up to the new owner if that person wanted to "clean house."

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