Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald both announced Tuesday evening that they were leaving Donda Sports, the agency founded by the artist formerly known as Kanye West, because of anti-Semitic remarks he recently made.
The announcements came hours after Adidas ended its relationship with the rapper, now known as Ye.
Brown’s decision came a day after he told the Boston Globe that he would stay with Donda Sports despite not tolerating Ye’s remarks.
“Over the past 24 hours, I have been able to reflect and better understand how my previous statements lack clarity in expressing my position against recent insensitive public remarks and actions,” Brown said in a statement posted via Twitter. “For this, I apologize. And in this, I seek to be as clear as possible. I have always, and will always continue, to stand firmly against all anti-Semitism, hate speech, misrepresentation and oppressive rhetoric. of any kind.
“In light of this, after sharing conversations, I now recognize that there are times when my voice and position cannot co-exist in spaces that do not align with my position or values. And, for this reason, I am terminating my association with Donda Sports.”
Donald announced around the same time that his family would be leaving Donda Sports, saying 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 responsible to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and that we must do better as human beings,” Donald wrote in his statement via Twitter. “We do not believe that our beliefs, voices and actions belong in a space that distorts and oppresses people of any background, ethnicity or race. We have had the pleasure of working with many amazing people along the way and hope continue to use our platform to uplift and support other families, children and communities through positive outreach.”
Brown and Donald signed with Donda Sports in May.
Earlier Tuesday, Adidas announced that it would officially sever ties with Ye, which had developed a hugely lucrative partnership with the company.
“Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other type of hate speech,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been 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 due to the breakdown of its partnership with Ye, but this was necessary following anti-Semitic comments he made. held 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 be going “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” soon, an apparent reference to the scale of US defense readiness conditions known as DEFCON. He was suspended from Twitter and Instagram.
His recent string of anti-Semitic comments prompted several companies to sever ties with the rapper or his various lines of business. Creative Artists Agency, Balenciaga, Gap and Foot Locker are among others who have ended their partnerships with him.