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Slammed: Atlanta Hawks’ Owner Sells Shares Over Racist Email

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The National Basketball Association just exhaled and placed Donald Sterling’s bigoted vitriol behind it, thanks largely to Steve Ballmer paying $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers and putting Sterling out to pasture where he belongs.

And now, we discover the NBA has another racist loitering among its owner class: Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks.

Being a simpleton in 2014 is laughable enough. Being a bigoted owner in the NBA like Donald Sterling is hilarious. However, being a prejudicial xenophobe in the NBA…in ATLANTA…feels like a rejected pilot script from a bad “man turns life around” sitcom. Yet, here we are, discussing an email Levenson wrote two years ago claiming his audience (again, in ATLANTA) was “too heavily African-American.”

Not a history or geography buff, this guy.

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Roll Call: Ron Sachs Communications Acquires Vicki Johnson Communications, The Glover Park Group Hires New Talent, and More

Longtime Atlanta Hawks vice president of public relations Arthur Triche has been fired. According to NewsOK, Triche had been with the Hawks since 1989 as the team’s top contact for media, and was a fixture in the Atlanta sports scene. On Wednesday a Hawks rep called Triche’s exit “a personnel decision” but did not release a statement on the move. (NewsOK)

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney Co. veteran Vicki Johnson will be bringing her marketing and tourism strategies to Ron Sachs Communications, one of Florida’s top public relations firms. Sachs recently acquired Vicki Johnson Communications as part of a continued expansion across the state’s public and private sectors. Johnson founded her agency in 2009 after working with Disney for more than a decade. She will serve as Sachs’ senior vice president of Central Florida operations. (Orlando Sentinel)

The Glover Park Group (GPG), a nationally-recognized strategic communications and government relations firm, has announced that Sanuber Bilguvar Grohé and Elie Jacobs have joined the firm’s New York office as vice presidents in the Strategic Communications practice. Grohé and Jacobs are the latest additions to the firm’s fast-growing New York office. Drawing from their experience in managing high-profile, high-stakes corporate communications and public affairs programs, they will be instrumental in helping deepen the firm’s client relationships in New York. (Release)

Snapp Conner PR, award-winning Utah public relations firm, has announced that Brad Warnock has been named vice president of PR services. Warnock comes to Snapp Conner PR with more than 20 years of public relations, marketing and sales experience. (Sacramento Bee)

Scott Tegethoff has been named executive director and global accounts, managing partner transformation, at OMD. He had been executive vice-president and managing partner at Universal McCann. (AgencySpy)

Lane Buschel has been named vice president, communications, at Glam Media. He had been co-founder at First Person Communications. (mb)