Antonio Brown is standing by his man.
Antonio Brown released a lengthy statement defending Kanye West, who is in the middle of controversy after making, and then doubling down on, antisemitic comments. Brown defended his friend while stating that he will be remaining as the president of Ye’s Donda Sports.
“I remain true to the mission of Donda and our amazing staff and community,” Brown said in a statement on Twitter. “I remain dedicated to helping clarify statements taken out of proportion by the media. I remain committed to bringing new ideas, experiences, and designs to our world. I remain in support of the humanity that is Ye.”
Donda Sports lost two of its top clients on Tuesday, as Los Angeles Rams superstar defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown both announced they would be dropping the agency that handled their brand marketing. Antonio Brown elaborated and said that the media is taking Ye’s comments “out of proportion.” He took to Twitter to elaborate.
“Over the past few weeks the world’s reactionary and selective outrage at comments in the media made by my brother, Ye, have inflamed and sparked rampant conversation and reflection,” Brown said. “I too have been able to reflect on statements that I and others in my circle have made that lack clarity in expressing my stance. The people and brands that have relentlessly profited from Black ideas and Black culture chose to distance themselves at a very specific time: a time that demonstrated their prioritization of certain groups over others.
“None of us in this world are free of judgment, yet we live in a time where scrutiny and pessimism have driven our dialogues on culture issues towards diatribes. Sensationalism and groupthink have forced people to not speak their minds and act out in fear rather than love. For these reasons, I stand by my dedication to freedom of speech, thought and opinion. I actively seek to coexist in places where I may have a difference of opinion because it’s diversity in thought that pushes humanity forward. Let me be clear, discrimination of any kind is an injustice to all people, which is exactly why I wish to issue this statement.”
— AB (@AB84) October 26, 2022
The former NFL player was named the president of Donda Sports back in February.
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