Two prominent players from the Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, have voiced their disapproval of a recent promotional video by the team that bears resemblance to content found on the platform “OnlyFans.” The video, featuring the team’s mascot, Harry the Hawk, has stirred up mixed reactions among fans and players alike.
The Atlanta Hawks received criticism from players Trae Young and Dejounte Murray for their “OnlyFans” style promo featuring their mascot. The video, intended to promote the team’s involvement in the NBA’s in-season tournament, drew mixed reactions from fans. Despite the players’ disapproval, the Hawks have chosen to keep the video up and use it to build anticipation for their upcoming game.
The Hawks’ Controversial Promo
On Thursday, the Atlanta Hawks released a video on their social media platforms to promote the team’s participation in the NBA’s new in-season tournament. The clip showcased Harry the Hawk provocatively posing on a bed while a female voice in the background alluded to the team’s fans knowing “where the real action is.”
While some viewers found the video amusing, it was met with criticism from both Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, who took to social media to express their dismay over the promotional content.
Players Speak Out
Dejounte Murray, sharing the video on his social media page, emphatically demanded its removal, stating, “DELETE THIS S***!!!!!!!”
Trae Young distanced himself from the promo, making it clear that he had no involvement in its creation. He expressed his disappointment with a facepalm emoji, indicating his disapproval of the team’s decision.
Team Stands By the Promo
Despite the backlash, the Atlanta Hawks have chosen not to take down the video and appear determined to utilize the controversial clip to generate excitement among fans for their first in-season tournament game against the Detroit Pistons on November 14.