Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown are the last to cut ties with Ye, the controversial rapper formerly known as Kanye West.
The Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle announced Tuesday Twitter He is parting with Ye’s marketing agency, Donda Sports, following the rapper’s “irresponsible” anti-Semitic comments.
A statement from Donald and his wife Erica Donald reads: “Our family has made the decision to separate from Donda Sports.” “The recent comments and displays of hate and anti-Semitism are the opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children. We find them irresponsible and contradict everything we believe in as a family.”
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After initially saying he would be staying with Donda Sports on Monday, Brown, the Boston Celtics star, backed down, and announced on Tuesday Twitter He also “terminated his association with Donda Sports”.
“Over the past 24 hours, I have been able to reflect on and better understand how my previous statements lack clarity in expressing my position against recent insensitive public statements and actions,” Brown wrote in a statement. “Therefore, I apologise. And in this, I endeavor to be as clear as possible. I have always, and always will, stand strong against any anti-Semitism, hate speech, misrepresentation, and repressive rhetoric of any kind.”
Donald and Brown signed to Donda Sports, which focuses on marketing and projects outside the field, in May. Wide receiver Antonio Brown announced in February that he had been named president of Donda Sports.
“Donda is all about ownership, empowerment, and discovering the next superhero,” Antonio Brown wrote in February before attending Super Bowl 56 with Yi. “This is for the people who counted us, for everyone who said we couldn’t – we say we will.”
On Tuesday, Antonio Brown backed Yee amid the backlash and said he remains affiliated with Donda Sports.
“As President of Donda Sports, I remain,” Antonio Brown wrote in a joint statement. Twitter. “I remain dedicated to helping explain inappropriate statements by the media. I remain committed to bringing new ideas, experiences and designs into our world. I remain a supporter of the humanity that is Ye.”
She faced major repercussions after sharing anti-Semitic sentiments on social media and in various interviews. The rapper was suspended from Twitter and Instagram earlier this month for violating their policies. Adidas ended its lucrative sneaker partnership and contract with Yi on Tuesday, removing Yi from Forbes’ list of billionaires.
Yi’s talent agency, CAA, dropped him on Monday. Fashion house Balenciaga cut ties with him last week and JP Morgan Chase also ended their business relationship with the rapper.
“The Shop,” which stars LeBron James and Maverick Carter, also canceled a recently taped interview with Ye because the rapper engaged in “more hate speech and very dangerous stereotypes,” Carter told Andscape.
Donald said earlier that he signed a contract with Donda Sports because of its “family atmosphere”.
“It made sense to hear everything that was going on, what they were going to bring, and the family atmosphere they had at Donda Sports,” Donald said after signing in May. “For me it was a no-brainer so I think it’s a hell of a chance to open a lot of different doors and a lot of different things outside of football that I want to be involved in.”
On Tuesday, however, Donalds attributed family as the main reason for leaving Donda Sports.
“As parents and members of society, we felt a responsibility to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and we must do better as human beings,” Donald and his wife wrote in their statement. “We don’t feel that our beliefs, our voices, and our actions belong anywhere near a space that denigrates and oppresses people of any background, race, or ethnicity.”
Contributing: Victoria Hernandez, Hana Yasharov
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