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Atlanta Hawks GM to take leave; copy of scouting report obtained

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Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says General Manager Danny  Ferry is taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately.

Friday afternoon, Koonin sent out a statement reading in part, "This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing.  As a human being, manager and friend, I wish him well as he undergoes this process."

>> Read the full statement from Hawks CEO Steve Koonin

Earlier Friday, WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution jointly obtained a copy of the Luol Deng report that Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry was reading from during a June conference call.

Part of the five-page report, with portions redacted, contains separate sections of different personnel.

>>Read the scouting report

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the audio recording of that conference call Thursday evening where Ferry could be heard discussing the strengths and weaknesses of Deng and states, "He has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff in the back."

Ferry's statement led to a letter from minority Hawks owner Michael Gearon Jr. to majority owner Bruce Levenson asking for Ferry's resignation. It also touched off an internal investigation into the front office that discovered a racially insensitive letter from Levenson himself. Levenson has since come forward with that letter and announced he'll sell his share of the team. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin announced this week he has disciplined Ferry but will not seek a new general manager.

Follow the latest developments on the story from our news partners at WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Restaurant claims LeSean McCoy left $0.20 tip (PHOTO)

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A popular Philadelphia restaurant is creating quite the buzz surrounding Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

The restaurant PYT posted a photo on its Facebook page Monday that they claim is McCoy’s bill.

The burger joint claims McCoy left a $0.20 tip on a bill totaling $61.56. (CLICK HERE to see the post.)

“I just thought it was pretty callous and insensitive,” PYT owner Tommy Up told NBC10 in Philadelphia. “Twenty cents isn’t an industry standard.”

According to an article NBC10 posted, the waiter who claims he served McCoy and his friends said things didn’t go well, including making a mistake on their appetizer.

The waiter also told NBC10 McCoy and his party acted rude toward him.

PYT has received a mixed reaction after posting the receipt on its Facebook page. Some people have commented that it was unprofessional on their part, while others sympathize with the server.

The Eagles and McCoy have not publicly commented on the alleged incident.

According to TMZ, actor Charlie Sheen has offered the waiter $1,000 to make up for McCoy's tiny tip.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article from NBC10’s website.

Janay Rice posts on Instagram: Husband's release a 'horrible nightmare'

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Janay Rice, the wife of embattled NFL running back Ray Rice, broke her silence Tuesday, issuing a statement on Instagram.

In the statement, Janay Rice describes the past two days as a "horrible nightmare" after her husband was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended from the NFL. TMZ released a video of Ray Rice knocking out Janay on an Atlantic City elevator.

>> RELATED: Goodell says NFL didn't see Ray Rice video before this week

Here's the full statement from Janay (her Instagram profile is private, but the Baltimore Sun has confirmed that the statement was intended to be made public):

"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!"

New video shows Ray Rice's brutal knockout of fiancée

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TMZ has obtained the video reportedly showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer twice inside the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. 

Warning: The video is graphic.

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The Feb. 15 incident inside the Revel Hotel and Casino drew national attention when video of Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator. This is first view inside the elevator.

The video shows the couple entering the elevator in a heated argument. Once inside Rice strikes Palmer once, she hits back and then Rice hits her again and falls unconscious.

Since the incident the couple have married and Rice has undergone counseling. 

TMZ reports the NFL had seen the video before issuing Rice a two-game suspension this season. The NFL has since updated its domestic abuse policy calling for a minimum six-game suspension for a first offense, and a lifetime ban for any following incident.

Chris Rock catches, gives away foul ball at Yankees game

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Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium.

Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize — a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

Rock was sitting in the front row behind Houston's dugout when Astros rookie Jon Singleton lofted a high foul popup toward the third-base side in the seventh inning. Rock raised his arms to catch it, holding a cellphone in his left hand as he shielded his head.

The ball fell inches behind him, bounced off a seat and Rock outreached another fan to corral the souvenir. Rock held the ball aloft, got a cheer from the crowd and then gave it to a young boy.

Rock is a longtime Mets fan and has recorded a "Let's Go, Mets!" chant this year for the videoboard at Citi Field. He wore a Yankees hat to Thursday's game.

Notice to home burglars: Don’t mess with Hank Aaron

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A Georgia defendant received a rare 50-year sentence Monday for burglarizing a home.

The home? Atlanta hero and baseball great Hank Aaron’s.

Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua sentenced 24-year-old Isiah Slaton to eight years to serve in prison and 42 years on probation for stealing, among other objects, Aaron’s baseball rings destined for the Hall of Fame.

In his victim impact statement, Aaron told how he felt “violated” by the crime and how the items that were stolen from him were simply “priceless.”

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Slaton pleaded guilty Monday to burglary and theft on the eve of a trial with two other men with whom he was indicted for allegedly ransacking the Aaron house on July 14, 2013. The loot also included Aaron’s two BMWs and considerable jewelry, District Attorney Paul Howard announced in a news release.

Hank and Billye Aaron were in New York for the All-Star Game when burglars disabled the alarm system and entered their southwest Atlanta home. Aaron missed a call from his alarm company and the next day asked a neighbor to investigate. The neighbor saw the broken window and called police.

>> Photos: Players who've received most votes into Baseball Hall of Fame

The thieves had disabled the alarm system, but they were unable to disengage the BMWs’ “LoJack” systems and dumped one of the cars about a mile from the home and the other was found in Cobb County. Investigators were able to lift fingerprints from at least one car.

Investigators made an arrest within three weeks of the break-in.

On Tuesday, jury selection begins in the trial of Amir Coleman, one of the other men accused of the burglary. The case against the third man, Edward Buford, is also still pending.

One of Howard’s top prosecutors, Deputy District Attorney Shondeana Morris — who has persuaded a Fulton jury to award a rare death penalty previously — is overseeing the case.

As an Atlanta Brave, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs on April 8, 1974. He hit his 755th and final home run on July 20, 1976, a home run record that stood for almost three decades.

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Photos: U.S takes on Belgium in World Cup

Waffle House believes in U.S. team -- not 'Belgium Waffles'

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Waffle House doesn't serve Belgian waffles and certainly won't start now.

The Georgia-based restaurant chain took to its Twitter account Monday to proclaim, "We don't believe in Belgium waffles." Or Belgian waffles, as a follower quickly corrected. But the sentiment, a riff on American fans' "I believe that we will win" chant," was popular a day before the U.S. faces Belgium in the World Cup.

Restaurant spokeswoman Meghan Irwin says it's all in good fun. Earlier, when a follower asked for the restaurant's opinion on Belgian waffles, it tweeted: "We dominate them."

Waffle House serves American-style waffles. Belgian waffles are bigger with a lighter batter.

In Belgium, waffles have been a part of the diet for centuries. But so-called Belgian waffles aren't really served in that country. There are Brussels waffles and Liege waffles.

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