Rams star defender Aaron Donald announced Tuesday that he has parted ways with Donda Sports, a marketing and content agency owned by Kanye West.
West has made anti-Semitic statements online and in television interviews in recent weeks.
“Our family has made the decision to part ways with Donda Sports,” Donald said in a statement on his Twitter feed, signed by Donald and his wife Erica. “Recent comments and displays of hatred and anti-Semitism are the polar opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children. We find them irresponsible and go against everything we believe in as a family.
“As parents and members of society, we felt an obligation to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and that we as human beings need to do better. We do not feel that our beliefs, voices and actions belong anywhere near a space that misrepresents and oppresses people of any origin, ethnicity or race.
“We have had the pleasure of working with many incredible people along our journey and hope to continue to use our platform to uplift and support other families, children and communities through positive outreach.”
A minute after Donald’s Twitter announcement Wednesday, Boston Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown posted his own statement on Twitter about the sever ties with Donda Sports.
“I now acknowledge that there are times when my voice and my position cannot coexist in spaces that are not consistent with my attitude or values,” the statement said.
The Boston Globe reported Monday that Brown, while condemning West’s recent comments, was sticking with Donda Sports. However, after a quick online response, Brown apologized in Tuesday’s statement, saying he understood how his earlier comments “lacked clarity.”
Brown was one of the first two athletes to sign with Donda Sports, according to the Globe.
The Celtics wing added in the statement that it “will strive to continue to provide mentoring, love and support to the incredible children, teachers and young athletes” with whom he is at Donda Academy, the K-12 school of Yes, which opened in November 2021. Brown posted a picture of himself with students from the school on his Instagram seven weeks ago and captioned it, “The kids from Donda Academy 3 gave me their autograph today and said that they will become famous, I believe them.”
Numerous partners have left West, including CAA, one of Hollywood’s largest talent agencies.
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