Two high-profile athletes are leaving Kanye West’s sports agency, Donda Sports, in the wake of the artist and businessman’s repeated anti-Semitic remarks.
Aaron Donald, a star football player with the Los Angeles Rams, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the agency.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Donald and his wife Erica said their family decided to leave the company due to “recent comments and displays of hate and anti-Semitism,” which they describe as “the polar opposite of how we choose to live our lives.” to live, and designated educate our children.”
The couple made no reference to West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, in their announcement.
“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 must do better,” the statement said. “We do not believe that our beliefs, voices and actions belong anywhere near a space that misrepresents and oppresses people of any origin, ethnicity or race.”
Also on Tuesday Celtics star basketball player Jaylen Brown tweeted that he “ended my association with Donda Sports”.
He also didn’t refer to West in the announcement.
On Monday, Brown told the Boston Globe he plans to stay with the agency.
“The reason I signed with Donda Sports was because of education, activism, disruption, single-parent households and a lot more people are involved in that kind of thing,” Brown said at the time. “A lot of people I work with work with their families, build love and respect, spend time in the summer. Many people are involved. This is what the organization represents from my perspective of Donda Sports.”
In his Tuesday expressionBrown said he was “able to reflect and better understand how my previous statements lack clarity when it comes to expressing my stance on recent insensitive public statements and actions.”
“I have always been and will continue to be firmly opposed to anti-Semitism, hate speech, misrepresentation and oppressive rhetoric of any kind,” he said.
The departures come on the same day that Adidas ended its partnership with West “effective immediately”.
Adidas has been working with West since 2013 when the company signed its brand from rival Nike. In 2016, Adidas expanded its relationship with the musician, calling it “the most significant partnership ever forged between a non-athlete and a sports brand.”
But Adidas put the “partnership to the test” in early October after wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt in public. The Anti-Defamation League classifies the phrase as a “hate slogan” used by white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.
Recently, during a tirade against Jews on the Drink Champs podcast, West said, “I can say anti-Semitism, and Adidas can’t dump me.” He also threatened on Twitter, “Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
— Jordan Valinsky of CNN Business contributed to this report
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