Celtics star Jaylen Brown sticks to Kanye West’s Donda Sports despite rapper’s anti-Semitic comments

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Jaylen Brown is one of two high profile athletes who signed with Kanye West’s agency Donda Sports.

On Monday, the Boston Celtics forward told the Boston Globe he wouldn’t part with the agency following the rapper’s recent anti-Semitic comments across multiple platforms. He explained his reasons in an interview with Gary Washburn of The Globe.

“The reason I signed with Donda Sports is, it represents education, it represents activity and turbulence,” Brown said. “It’s single parent families, and a lot of people are involved in something like that.

“So many people I work with, work with their families, build love and respect for them, and spend time in the summer. So many people are involved. That’s what the organization represented in my view of Donda Sports.”

Addressing Los Angeles Rams defensive Aaron Donald has also signed with Donda Sports. He hasn’t spoken publicly about his relationship with the company since West’s remarks. Brown and Donald signed with Donda to represent their marketing and commercial interests outside of their respective sports. Each has a separate representation to negotiate their team contracts.

Jaylen Brown did not cut his business relationship with Kanye West. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Twitter restricted West’s account after he tweeted on October 9 that he was “going to the third death upon the Jewish people.” His Instagram account was previously closed due to separate statements disparaging Jews. Footage of West repeating metaphors and conspiracy theories has since surfaced to other media outlets.

Several companies cut ties with West in the wake of his comments. Fogg announced that she does not intend to work with West again. His own agency CAA split from him on Monday. LeBron James’ movie “The Shop” refused to release an episode with West while citing the rapper’s “hate speech.” Others, like Adidas — which produces the Yeezy sneaker line — are facing increasing pressure to ditch West.

Meanwhile, anti-Semites crowded around him. According to the Los Angeles Times, a group in Los Angeles saluted the Nazis behind a banner hanging over Interstate 405 that read “I was right about the Jews.”

Brown told The Globe that he does not condone hate speech.

“As I said, I do not condone any harm, harm, or danger to a group of people,” Brown said. “I will continue to be a member of my community, elevate my community through my work and what I have done throughout my career, and I will continue to do that work.”

He also noted that West needs help and “unconditional love.”

Brown continued: “He’s clearly someone who’s dealing with a lot of the ordeals she’s having right now and everyone can see it and it’s public.” But a lot of people in the world are dealing with adversity and things that are happening in front of them and they need help. There is a lot going on now. …

“I don’t agree with everything everyone does. Like I said, I don’t stand with any hurt, harm or danger towards anyone, but sometimes people need unconditional love and help them get through the situation.”

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