Hawks reportedly won’t discipline GM Wes Wilcox for ill-advised joke
The Atlanta Hawks reportedly will not subject general manager Wes Wilcox to any formal discipline for making an inappropriate joke during a season-ticket holder event, per a tweet from The Undefeated’s Mike Wise.
.@TheUndefeated has been told that Atlanta GM Wes Wilcox will not be disciplined for his racially loaded attempt at a joke last month.
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) January 9, 2017
Wise’s report follows the NBA previously announcing it would not discipline Wilcox for his comments, either.
Wilcox found himself in hot water after Deadspin reported on the Hawks general manager’s conduct at a pregame season-ticket holder event in December. Wilcox, who is white, reacted to the fans’ stated frustrations with the team by making an ill-advised joke about having a black wife.
“I know you guys may be angry with me, but I’m used to it because I have a black wife and three mixed kids, so I’m used to people being angry and argumentative,” Wilcox said.
The comments left many in attendance at the event offended, including season ticket holder Clarenton Crawford, who said he and his wife were “livid” over Wilcox’s comments.
Wilcox later issued a statement to Deadspin apologizing for the incident.
“At an early December chalk talk, I made a self-deprecating comment at my own expense regarding my family, which is multi-racial,” Wilcox told Deadspin. “This joke offended Mr. Crawford and his wife and for that, I apologize.”
Given the Hawks organization’s troublesome recent history with issues related to race, it’s arguably surprising that Wilcox didn’t face some semblance of punishment. Then again, perhaps handling the embarrassing incident in a low-key manner and behind closed doors is the best way to put it in the past.
[Pro Basketball Talk]