Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, Rams’ Aaron Donald leaving Donda Sports – ESPN

Celtics' Jaylen Brown, Rams' Aaron Donald leaving Donda Sports - ESPN

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald both announced Tuesday night that they are leaving Donda Sports, the agency founded by the artist formerly known as Kanye West, over anti-Semitic comments he recently made.

The announcements came hours after Adidas ended its relationship with the rapper, who is now known as Ye.

Brown’s decision came one day after he told The Boston Globe that he would remain with Donda Sports despite the fact that he did not condone Ye’s remarks.

“In the past 24 hours, I have been able to reflect and better understand how my previous statements lacked clarity in expressing my stance against recent insensitive public remarks and actions,” Brown said Tuesday in a statement he released via Twitter. “For that, I apologize. And in this, I seek to be as clear as possible. I have always, and will always, continue to stand strongly against any anti-Semitism, hate speech, misrepresentation, and oppressive rhetoric of any kind.

“In light of this, after participating in conversations, I now recognize that there are times when my voice and my position cannot co-exist in spaces that do not align with my attitude or my values. And, for that reason, I am terminating my association with Donda Sports.”

Donald announced around the same time that his family would be leaving Donda Sports, saying that Ye’s remarks “are the exact opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children.”

“As parents and members of society, we felt a responsibility to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and that we must do better as people,” Donald wrote in his statement via Twitter. “We do not feel that our beliefs, voices and actions belong anywhere near a space that misrepresents and oppresses people of any background, ethnicity or race. We have had the pleasure of working with many incredible people along the way and hope to continue to use our platform to uplift and to support other families, children and communities through positive achievement.”

Brown and Donald signed with Donda Sports in May.

Earlier on Tuesday, Adidas announced that it will formally sever ties with Ye, who has developed a highly profitable clothing and apparel partnership with the company.

“Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other type of hate speech,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. “Your recent comments and actions were unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values ​​of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”

As part of its statement, Adidas said it will lose about $250 million this year in net income as a result of breaking its partnership with Ye, but that doing so was necessary after the anti-Semitic comments he made in recent weeks. .

Ye has made controversial remarks in the past on a variety of issues, including slavery and COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier this month, Ye posted on Twitter that he would soon go “death with a 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to the US defense readiness condition scale known as DEFCON. He was banned from both Twitter and Instagram.

His recent series of anti-Semitic comments have led several companies to cut ties with the rapper or his various lines of business. Creative Artists Agency, Balenciaga, Gap and Foot Locker are among others who ended their partnerships with him.

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