This article was published almost two hours before Jaylen Brown announced that he was leaving Kanye West’s marketing company, Donda Sports. It has been updated with the latest news.
Being the Boston Celtic player speaking to the world about Bill Russell on opening night while speaking in Boston at the start of the first-ever NBA season in just months after the namesake of the Finals’ MVP trophy passed is both great honor and responsibility. Luckily, the Celtics had the ideal person to do it in their own dressing room appeal to the world – Jaylen Brown.
During the 2020 NBA bubble, the NBA relaxed its rules requiring players to stand for the national anthem. The Celtics were in attendance, and before Brown answered any questions from the media after scoring 30 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, he had something he wanted to get off his chest.
“Angela Davis once said that racism is not so dangerous because of individual actors because it is deeply embedded in the apparatus,” Brown told the media. “I often think of this quote when I think of the national anthem written by Francis Scott Key, who was a slave owner.”
Therefore, proactive measures should always be taken to try to eradicate racism. Written during a war in which America fought off invaders to maintain its status as a sovereign nation, the very song was written by a person who was holding people in bondage at the time. This song is still the anthem played to show the ultimate in American pride, more than 200 years later.
An astute observation from Brown should come as no surprise. When he entered his freshman year in California, he wasn’t just working on his game. This top five recruit took steps to be able to enroll in a postgraduate course — Theoretical foundations for the cultural studies of sport and education — after the beginning of the school year. Brown being so thoughtful and doing so much frontline work for justice is what makes the fact that he’s in business with Ye — formerly known as Kanye West — so disappointing.
Updated October 25, 2022 at 6:50 p.m. EST: However, that is no longer the case as Brown announced he is no longer working with marketing company Yes Donda Sports.
“I have always been and always will be firmly opposed to anti-Semitism, hate speech, abuse and oppressive rhetoric of any kind,” Brown said in a statement.
Rams defense attorney and future Hall of Famer Aaron Donald announced that he too will be leaving Donda.
Brown signed with marketing firm Yes Donda Sports last summer. Recently, Ye has been in the news for making anti-Semitic comments at every opportunity. It’s gotten so bad that all of his mainstream social media accounts have been banned and he’s stopped by CAA on Monday and Adidas on Tuesday. Brown on Monday said several times to The Boston Globe that he is against everything Ye has said lately, but he will not leave Donda Sports at this point either. Brown changed gears, and rightly so, even though that rejection should have come much sooner.
Even before Ye started spitting anti-Semitic bile and wears a White Lives Matter shirt Alongside Candace Owens, there was no reason for Brown to sign with his sports marketing company. Donda Sports was launched long after Ye said: “400 years of slaverythat sounds like a choice.” Same day at TMZ studio Ye”What about Chicago?Van Lathan, who scolded him for making stupid, incoherent, and dangerous statements during the interview. Still, Brown told The globe that he signed with Donda Sports because “it stands for education, for activism, for disruption, for single-parent households and a lot more people who are involved in that kind of thing.”
Nothing Ye has said in recent years has indicated that he has any of those feelings in his heart. What he’s been venting publicly since he first wore that Make America Great Again hat is white supremacist rhetoric. It gets worse and worse over the years.
I find it hard to believe Brown would tell Ye’s buddy Owens the time of day. This woman sat before Congress and said, “Based on the hierarchy of what affects minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not be on the list. White supremacy and white nationalism are not a problem that harms black America.”
That’s pretty much the exact opposite of what Brown said in The Bubble in 2020. However, Ye has spoken enthusiastically about Owens for years and is now on the verge of buying her husband’s struggling far-right social media network. She was there with Ye at TMZ studios as he left his race and hometown for all with eyes to see and ears to hear. She was quiet when he babbled nonsense about what kind of self-actualization he thinks he’s achieved, but she jumped into the conversation like Brown did when he caught an alley-oop while writing this absurd black-on-black whodunit -Rant made.
The world can be an ugly place. There’s a good chance exploited child labor is sewing the clothes on your back and mining the cobalt that makes your smartphone work. Football fans from all corners of the world will be watching the World Cup in Qatar, although as of 2021 more than 6,500 migrant workers have died building the stadiums. according to to The guard.
In order to live, people eventually engage in the oppression and death of others. But at some point you can say no. For Brown, doing business with a company whose boss preaches against everything and everyone he fights for was completely unnecessary.
You could be in the middle of a manic episode. He admitted it be bipolar, and while not all people with mental health problems say and do hurtful things, there are some who do. If Brown is friends with Ye and feels like he needs help, he should try his best to do so. But if he didn’t go, Brown would damage his name. A name that just last week was rightly deemed appropriate to honor the life of one of the most honorable Americans who ever lived.
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