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Hawks cancel meeting with civil rights leaders

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks canceled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders, prompting one of the group’s leaders to say his community was greatly offended.

The Rev. Markel Hutchins says the meeting with CEO Steve Koonin was called off “at the last minute.” He later said he received a call from Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Tuesday night asking the appointment be postponed.

The group asked for the meeting to discuss racially charged comments by Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry.


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