The Celtics star plans to assist the varsity’s basketball program amid the continued fallout stemming from antisemitic remarks made by the artist in latest weeks.
Less than three days after parting methods with Ye’s company Donda Sports, Jaylen Brown has expressed an curiosity in supporting the basketball group at Los Angeles-area prep faculty Donda Academy.
The Celtics star introduced his pledge to sponsor occasions “willing to host” this system after studying Donda Academy had been barred from competing in a number of upcoming tournaments amid the continued fallout stemming from antisemitic remarks made by the varsity’s founder Ye—the rapper and songwriter previously generally known as Kanye West—in latest weeks. Donda Academy additionally reportedly abruptly shut down on Wednesday earlier than saying it could stay open for the remainder of the varsity yr just a few hours later.
On Friday, Brown shared a message on Twitter encouraging all highschool coaches and match coordinators to succeed in out to him in an effort to assist the coed-athletes affected by Ye’s actions.
“To any HS basketball coaches & event coordinators, These student athletes can’t be negatively impacted by this. I will sponsor any event existing or new, willing to host Donda Academy,” Brown wrote. “We all must ensure they complete their senior yr both academically & athletically. Contact me.”
Brown later doubled down on his dedication with one other poignant tweet, which learn: “We do not cancel our kids.”
Donda Academy boasts a formidable roster that features high 2023 prospects Robert Dillingham and AJ Johnson, and had been set to compete in December and January in preeminent tournaments such because the Hoophall Classic (Springfield, Mass.), Kentucky Play-By-Play Classic in Louisville and the City of Palms Classic (Fort Myers, Fla.). The program lately misplaced former three-star recruit Chuck Bailey, who reportedly introduced Thursday he intends to depart the group and college.
Brown and Rams star Aaron Donald, who joined Donda Sports across the identical time final yr, have been the primary athletes to chop ties with Ye on Tuesday. Adidas additionally ended a significant sponsorship with the artist that very same day.
“In the past 24 hours, I’ve been able to reflect and better understand how my previous statements lack clarity in expressing my stance against recent insensitive public remarks and actions,” Brown stated in an announcement Tuesday. “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 antisemitism, hate speech, misrepresentation, and oppressive rhetoric of any kind.”
Ye’s newest controversy started after he wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt at his Paris Fashion Week runway present earlier this month. He adopted that incident by making antisemitic feedback on Instagram and Twitter. He continued to spout the identical rhetoric in an look on the Drink Champs podcast final week.
Ye has since been suspended on each social media platforms. Additionally, Peleton and Emmy-award profitable HBO present The Shop: Uninterrupted are among the many rising listing of manufacturers which have distanced themselves from the artist in response to his feedback.