- Atlanta posted a weird promo for their upcoming games in the new league
- Two star players from the team expressed their dissatisfaction almost immediately
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The Atlanta Hawks decided the best way to get their fans interested in the NBA regular season tournament was to… entice them?
Atlanta dropped a promo with their mascot – Harry the Hawk – lying on a bed and rubbing his hands (wings?) up and down his body in black and white while a woman spoke in a seductive voice.
“Only Hawks Fans know where the real action takes place,” the narrator said as the Hawks logo flashed on the screen between the words “Only Fans” in a script that resembled the site’s old adult content logo.
“Only Hawks Fans know what they really want to see, and Only Hawks Fans know exactly where to get it. The all-new NBA In-Season Tournament: Join us and awaken your wild side.”
Almost immediately, there was a visceral reaction on social media, with Hawks star guards Trae Young and Dejounte Murray expressing their displeasure with the spot.
The Atlanta Hawks posted something of an enticing promo video for the season tournament
Atlanta star Trey Young distanced himself from the video almost immediately
Dejounte Murray was also disgusted, saying: ‘MANNNNNNN DELETE THIS S**T!!!!!!!’
“I had no part of this..” Young wrote – adding a facepalm emoji and a laughing emoji.
“MANNNNNNN DELETE THIS S**T!!!!!!!,” Murray also said in a quote tweet.
Other reactions ranged from confusion to disgust at the social content team’s pleas to remove the video.
The Hawks will play the Orlando Magic later on Thursday evening in a game played in Mexico City.