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Luol Dengs path of righteousness

Luol Dengs path of righteousness
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On good days, the worst hurled at Luol Deng in http://www.officialtimberwolvesshop.com/authentic-22-andrew-wiggins-jersey.html grade school were the racist slurs a Sudanese refugee child was far too young to comprehend yet never quite able to forget. Samara, meaning black. Hunga bunga, mockery for ape. Shakshuka, epithet from a cheap north African meal. On bad days, those classroom slurs escalated to slinging fists in the schoolyard. "It was just constant," Deng, a Miami Heat forward, says 25 years later. "I had this one teacher, and as I got older and translated things he used to say, it was racist and hatred stuff he was saying toward me and my brother. A lot of times, we fought because of that stuff." Yet this was the better life. This was the safe haven -- the relative oasis -- during the early 1990s in Alexandria, Egypt, where Deng and eight siblings fled without their parents to escape a decades-long civil war in their native Sudan between the Muslim north and Christian south. Luol's father, Aldo Deng, was a Sudanese government official who, according to British media reports, was jailed in 1989 during a violent coup by Muslim rebels who imposed Sharia law. Released after three months, Aldo and his Ty Lawson Authentic Jersey wife Martha put their children on a plane to sneak to Egypt under the care of the eldest siblings, who would work and live as refugees. Luol's memory is sketchy from those moments at age 4, but he's heard stories of everyone "waking up at night and leaving all of our belongings behind to get onto a plane, hoping and praying they wouldn't figure out who our father was." Aldo and Martha then escaped to Europe seeking asylum -- a search that ultimately separated the Deng family for five years, connected only by the struggle they endured a continent apart. So considering what he has survived from birth to the security, wealth and status of being a two-time NBA All-Star with more than a decade of league service, it's easy to pardon Deng for the polite scoff when asked: What did it take to forgive Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry and move on? "It's the life I've been through," said Deng, 29 and the second-youngest among five sisters and four brothers. "A lot of people experience racism at different times on different terms. It's helped me from a young age to have a tough skin. I've been through a lot where I just look at it and say, 'It's another chapter. We've come out of much worse than this.'" This is the foundation of Deng's resolve. The strength he draws from having survived Nik Stauskas Authentic Jersey way worse has allowed Deng to overcome adversity, be it a devastating civil war that was the backdrop of his childhood, the difficult adjustments in new countries as a refugee or the medical, trust and betrayal issues that rocked his basketball career once he discovered the craft that changed the lives of his family. Nearly six months have passed since Deng hung up the phone after accepting Ferry's apology for racially charged comments recorded during a front-office conference call in July about free agents. Claiming to have read directly from notes prepared by another team, later reported to be evaluations gathered from Deng's former teams in Cleveland and Chicago, Ferry told other Hawks executives Deng had "some African in him" and tended to be untrustworthy. "He's a good overall guy, but he's not perfect," Ferry said in a recording uncovered during an internal investigation by the Hawks and the NBA. "He's got some African in him. And I don't say that in a bad way, other than he is a good guy who will do something behind you." During their conversation in the fall after Deng http://www.nbashoponline.us.com/nba-jerseys/dallas-mavericks_c-825.html signed with the Heat instead of the Hawks, Deng challenged Ferry to help make something good come of the racially charged controversy that staggered the NBA just as it recovered from the Donald Sterling fallout months earlier. Deng's challenge remains a work in progress for both men.

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