The Celtics star announced his pledge to sponsor events “willing to host” the program after learning that Donda Academy has been barred from competing in several upcoming tournaments amid ongoing fallout from anti-Semitic remarks made by the school’s founder Ye – formerly known rapper and songwriter as Kanye West – in recent weeks. Donda Academy was also reported to have closed abruptly on Wednesday before announcing it would remain open for the rest of the school year a few hours later.
On Friday, Brown Share a message on Twitter Encourage all interested high school coaches and tournament coordinators to reach out to him in an effort to help student-athletes affected by Ye’s actions.“To any basketball coaches and event coordinators, these student-athletes cannot be negatively affected by this. I will sponsor any event, existing or new, that Donda Academy is willing to host,” Brown wrote. “We must all make sure they complete their senior year academically and athletically.” . call me.”
Brown later doubled down on the commitment with another touching tweet that read: “We do not cancel our children.”
Donda Academy boasts an impressive roster that includes 2023 MVPs Robert Dillingham and AJ Johnson, and was scheduled to compete in December and January at such notable tournaments as the Hoophall Classic (Springfield, MA), the Kentucky Play-By-Play Classic in Louisville and the City of Palms Classic (Ft. Myers, Florida). The program recently lost former three-star recruit Chuck Bailey, who It said Thursday announced that he intended to leave the team and the school.
Browns and Rams star Aaron Donald, who joined Donda Sports around the same time last year, was the first of the two athletes to cut ties with Ye on Tuesday. Adidas also ended a major sponsorship of the artist on the same day.
“Over the past 24 hours, I have been able to reflect on and better understand how my past statements lack clarity in expressing my position against recent insensitive public statements and actions,” Brown said in a statement on Tuesday. “For that, I apologize. And in this, I seek to be as clear as possible. I have always been, and always will, stand strongly against any anti-Semitism, hate speech, misrepresentation, and oppressive rhetoric of any kind.”
Ye’s latest controversy began after he wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt at his Paris Fashion Week runway show earlier this month. He followed up the incident by making anti-Semitic comments on Instagram and Twitter. He continued to speak the same rhetoric in his appearances on Heroes drank podcast last week.
Ye has since been suspended on both social media platforms. Plus, the Peloton and Emmy award-winning HBO show Store: Unbroken Among the growing list of brands that have distanced themselves from the artist in response to his comments.