Jaylen Brown is one of two high-profile athletes to sign with Kanye West’s Donda Sports agency.
On Monday, the Boston Celtic forward told the Boston Globe that he was not separating from the agency after the rapper’s recent anti-Semitic remarks on multiple platforms. He described his reasoning in an interview with Gary Washburn from the Globe.
“The reason why I signed with Donda Sports, it represented education, it represented activism, disruption,” Brown said. “It represented single-parent households, and a lot more people are involved in something like that.
“A lot of people that I work with, work with their families, build love and respect for, spending time in the summer. A lot of people involved. That’s what the organization from my vantage point from Donda Sports represented.”
LA Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald also signed for Donda Sports. He has not spoken publicly about his relationship with the company since the remarks made by West. Brown and Donald signed with Donda to represent their business interests beyond their respective sports. Each of them is represented separately to negotiate the agreements of their team.
Twitter restricted West’s account after he tweeted earlier this month that he would “go death con 3 on Jewish people.” His Instagram account was previously locked for separate remarks casting aspersions on Jews. Footage of West repeating tropes and conspiracy theories to other media outlets has since surfaced.
Brown told the Globe he has no tolerance for hate speech.
“Like I said, I don’t condone any hurt, harm, or danger toward a group of people,” Brown told the Globe. “I will continue to be a member of my community, uplift my community through my work and what I’ve done throughout my career, and I’m going to continue to do that work.”
He also suggested that Ye needs help and “unconditional love.”
“He’s someone who’s obviously dealing with a lot of adversity that’s in front of him right now and everybody can see it and it’s public,” Brown continued. “But a lot of people in the world are dealing with adversity and things that are going on that’s in front of them and they need help. It’s a lot going on right now.
“I don’t agree with everything that everybody does. Like I said, I don’t stand for any hurt, harm, or danger toward anybody, but sometimes people need unconditional love and help to get them through the situation.”