Prominent American athletes Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown have both announced their departure from Ye’s sports marketing agency, Donda Sports, amid backlash over anti-Semitic remarks by the rapper and fashion designer formerly known as Kanye West.
In a joint statement with his wife Erica, Donald, who recently won a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams, said Ye’s comments and beliefs are “the exact opposite of how we choose to live our lives. life and raise our children”.
Erica Donald also served as Marketing Manager for Donda Sports, according to the Washington Post.
“As parents and members of society, we felt responsible for sending a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and that we must do better as human beings,” the authors wrote. Donald in their statement. “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.”
Brown, who has used her platform to amplify issues such as police brutality and racism in the United States, announced his departure of the sports agency on Tuesday, one day after he told the Boston Globe that he has no plans to leave the agency amid the backlash.
“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 Tuesday. “For that, I apologize. And in that, I try 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.
Donald, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year recipient, and Brown, entering his seventh season with the Boston Celtics, joined Donda Sports, named after the musician’s late mother, earlier this year as that first major signatories of the nascent agency.
Major companies and organizations such as Gap, Adidas, Balenciaga, Foot Locker, CAA, Vogue and Def Jam Recordings ended their business partnerships with Ye in response to the “All Falls Down” singer’s remarks.
West, who legally changed his name to “Ye” last year, recently tweeted that he was going “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” and accused hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs of being controlled by Jews. He also embraced anti-Semitic tropes in unaired portions of an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
Spotify CEO Daniel EK told Reuters in an interview that the popular music platform will not remove Ye’s music catalogalthough he called the remarks “horrible”.