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Jaylen Brown ends association with Kanye West’s agency Donda Sports

By on October 25, 2022 0

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Brown cited his strong stance against anti-Semitism and hate speech in a statement.

Celtics star Jaylen Brown ended his business relationship with Kanye West’s agency Donda Sports on Tuesday. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Celtics star Jaylen Brown became the first NBA player to sign with artist Ye’s (formerly Kanye West) agency Donda Sports earlier this year, signing a marketing deal with the rap superstar.

On Monday, Brown said The Boston Globe that he planned to stay with Donda Sports despite West’s recent anti-Semitic comments. On Tuesday, however, Brown released a statement on Twitter clarifying his comments and announcing a split with Donda Sports.

“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 wrote in his statement. “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.

“In light of this, after sharing conversations, I now recognize that there are times when my voice and my position cannot coexist in spaces that do not align with my position or my values. And, for this reason, I am ending my association with Donda Sports.

Brown’s decision to stay with Donda Sports caused a stir on Monday.

“The reason I signed with Donda Sports, it stood for education, it stood for activism, disruption, it stood for single parent households, and a lot more people are involved in something like that,” said Brown to Gary Washburn of World at the time. “Lots of people I work with, working with their families, forging love and respect, spending time in the summer. Lots of people involved. That’s what the organization represented from my point of view of Donda Sports.

In his recent statement, Brown added that he hopes to continue to provide “mentorship, love and support” to the children, teachers and athletes at Ye’s Donda Academy.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald – who joined Donda Sports in May – ended his relationship with the agency on Tuesday as well.

“The recent comments and displays of hate and anti-Semitism are the exact opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children,” Donald and his wife Erica wrote in a statement. “We find them irresponsible and go against everything we believe in as a family.”

Brown has been represented in contract negotiations and NBA affairs by Jason Glushon of Glushon Sports Management since 2019, when he signed his rookie extension. He went unagented for the first three years of his career before hiring Glushon.

Adidas also ended its business relationship with Ye earlier on Tuesday.

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