New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other members of the sports community have condemned recent incidents of hate speech against Jews. Saturday night.
A day after the NBA and the Brooklyn Nets issued a statement of disapproval in refuting Kyrie Irving’s apparent endorsement of an anti-Semitic film, other team executives and athletes have spoken out against hate and intolerance on and off the field. raising his voice
At some point during a football game between Florida and Georgia on Saturday night, the phrase “Kanye is right about Jews” was projected outside one of the end zones at TIAA Bankfield Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. rice field. This is a reference to recent anti-Semitic comments Ye made on social media and in interviews that led him to lose his partnership with Adidas and several other companies.
University of Florida and University of Georgia Joint statement issued on Sunday morning Condemns stadium hate speech and “other anti-Semitic messages that have emerged in Jacksonville”. We are proud to be home to a strong and thriving Jewish community in the UGA and UF, and we are united against hate.”
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said on social media His Northeast Florida city is “better because of its diversity. No one spreading messages of hate, racism, or anti-Semitism can change the minds of this city or its people.” I condemn these cowards and their cowardly message.”
And Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars who play at TIAA Bankfield Stadium, said on social media He was “personally disappointed” by the rhetoric, calling it “hurt and wrong”.
“It must stop. I am asking you to make it your mission to end ignorance and hatred,” Khan said. “Let’s do better.”
Last year, the Anti-Defamation League recorded 2,717 incidents of harassment, vandalism, or violence targeting Jews. This is the highest annual total since we began tracking these cases in 1979.People were killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue just days before the midterm elections sparked nationwide controversy
The nonprofit Kraft founded ran an ad during the Patriots-New York Jets game on Sunday condemning anti-Semitic hate speech and encouraging non-Jews to speak out against anti-Semitism. I made plans to air it.
“A lot of people are speaking up these days,” said a 30-second ad to the Kraft Foundation’s fight against anti-Semitism. “We hear your voice today. We need to hear your voice tomorrow. There are less than 8 million Jews in this country, fewer than the people who see this ad. They are I need to add your voice.”
The ad, which was scheduled to air in the game’s first quarter, concludes with the hashtag #StandUptoJewishHate.
In a statement, Kraft said, “I have devoted significant resources to this effort and I pledge to do more.” My hope is that this commercial will continue to speak out against hatred of all kinds and continue to strengthen the national conversation about the need to confront hatred of Jews in particular.”
Also this week, Nets owner Joe Tsai appeared to endorse the film, which he said was “based on a book full of anti-Semitic disinformation,” when posting a link to the film. He said he was disappointed with Irving, a seven-time All-Star who looked like From Hebrew to Negro: Black He Wakes America,” he posted on Twitter on Thursday.
Nets coach Steve Nash said the organization “had spoken to Kyrie about it,” but declined to provide further details.
“We believe we all have a role to play in ensuring that such words and ideas, including those that are anti-Semitic, are challenged and refuted, and the NBA community We will continue to work with all members of the League to ensure that everyone understands the impact of their words and actions,” said the league.
However, Irving insisted during Saturday’s post-game press conference that he believed in all religions, saying he was “not a divisive person when it comes to religion”, adding: “I’m not going to deny what I believe. No,” he added.
“Did I do something illegal? Did I hurt someone?” Irving said. “Did I harm anyone? Am I going out and saying I don’t like a certain group of people?”
The Texas A&M football team made a change to how they entered the field Saturday night before losing 31-28 to No. 15 Mississippi. After coming out to Ye’s “Power” in 2012, the Aggies joined Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” instrumental instead. Texas A&M Athletic his director Ross Björk criticized West’s comments earlier this week.
The ramifications surrounding Ye’s comments also include Donda Sports, the brand management agency he founded. Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown have ended their relationship with the agency, and Donald and his wife Erica have been accused of “hate and anti-semitism” by Ye. The expression of ideology” was denounced.
A prominent basketball team at California’s Ye’s Donda Academy has also been affected, with the Los Angeles Times reporting on Friday confirming school cancellations for four major tournaments.
Mark Long, AP Pro Football Writer, Brian Mahoney, AP Pro Basketball Writer, and Erica Hansinger, AP Sports Writer, contributed to this report.
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