Aaron Donald parts ways with Kanye West’s Donda Sports

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The consequences continue for Kanye West’s repeated and unrepentant anti-Semitic comments.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has announced that he has parted ways with West’s Donda Sports. In May, Donald signed with Donda Sports for marketing purposes.

“Our family has made the decision to part ways with Donda Sports,” Donald and his wife, Erica, said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “The recent comments and displays of hate and antisemitism are the exact opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children. We find them to be irresponsible and go against everything we believe in as a family.

“As parents and members of society, we felt a responsibility to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and that we must do better as human beings. We do not feel our beliefs, voices and actions belong anywhere near a space that misrepresents and oppresses people of any background, ethnicity or race.

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with many incredible people along the way and hope to continue to use our platform to uplift and support other families, children and communities through positive outreach.”

Adidas and Gap recently severed ties with West following a series of blatantly anti-Semitic comments. It’s difficult for anyone who does business with West to gain any distance from his persistently stubborn attitude and behavior.

35 responses to “Aaron Donald parts ways with Kanye West’s Donda Sports

  1. “we felt a responsibility to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences”

    Kind of ironic coming from Donald, who faced no consequences for his actions like swinging around football helmets.

  2. Why any athlete would want to be represented in any capacity by Kanye West is beyond me.

    Like you might as well just light your money on fire instead.

  3. I wish people would focus on getting Kanye the mental health help he needs instead of canceling him and leaving him spinning in the wind.

  4. “Kanye racist?- a little looney perhaps but not racist.” Just what do you think antisemitism is?

  5. People from a certain demographic with certain political affiliations will Always ALWAYS ALWAYS make excuses and nonsensical justification for their own.

  6. “I wish people would focus on getting Kanye the mental health help he needs…” You can lead a horse to water. If Kanye doesn’t want to get help, he won’t get help. I think he’s beyond listening to anyone, and his inner circle just enables him.

  7. Kanye West needs mental help asap. He is self destructing. That doesn’t excuse his hate.

  8. It was irresponsible to give this troubled and reckless man your business in the first place. Aaron Donald and his family hired him last year, well after Kanye’s comments about slavery being a choice, Bill Cosby being innocent, and saying that talking about racism is meaningless. I’m glad all these businesses are cutting ties with Kanye, but it’s a shame they thought his reckless and irresponsible comments before now were all tolerable.

  9. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    October 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    I wish people would focus on getting Kanye the mental health help he needs instead of canceling him and leaving him spinning in the wind.

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    This. 100%. I guess it’s just much easier for everyone to laugh at another human being’s suffering than it is the care about it and want to help. And what is truly telling, is the number of down votes your comment has received. People on this site are morons

  10. Why any athlete would want to be represented in any capacity by Kanye West is beyond me.

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    Up until this current debacle, everything that West touched generated tons of money. Even if you thought his music and his clothing line was crap, he somehow managed to make bank from it.

  11. cowboysmb3dw28 says:
    October 25, 2022 at 7:35 pm
    “we felt a responsibility to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences”

    Kind of ironic coming from Donald, who faced no consequences for his actions like swinging around football helmets.

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    Your brain doesn’t work correctly. Seek help.

  12. pab08 says:
    October 25, 2022 at 8:22 pm
    cowboysmb3dw28 says:
    October 25, 2022 at 7:35 pm
    “we felt a responsibility to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences”

    Kind of ironic coming from Donald, who faced no consequences for his actions like swinging around football helmets.

    _________________________

    Your brain doesn’t work correctly. Seek help.

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    Very astute reply, you have taught me much. At least that might have been my response had you given any reason for why you stated this. Instead you took a cheap, cowardly way out of typing an insult with nothing substantial to back it up. Sadly, that’s usually expected of people who can hide behind a keyboard

  13. @ celtyislove – pump your brakes just a bit – my remark was meant as sarcasm but he is definitely in need of help plus being someone other than “Caucasian” I feel I can make light of it!

  14. Yes and we are removing all 99 rams jerseys and merchandise from shelves for your actions right?

  15. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    October 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    I wish people would focus on getting Kanye the mental health help he needs instead of canceling him and leaving him spinning in the wind.

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    People around him already have. Kanye’s even talked about it. Kim kardashian spent over a year trying to get him help. Other in his circle have also reportedly tried. People like jay z have even tried. Kanye doesn’t think he needs help, and he has enough money that he’s probably always going to be able to have enough yes men/women around him to convince himself he’s right.

    I agree a lot of his behavior is caused by mental illness. But it’s still not an excuse for his hateful, racist speech. And any consequences he faces for it are just that – consequences. It is Not “cancelling” him. That’s ridiculous. Some people seem to think they should be able to say or do whatever they want without any consequence. That’s just not reality. If you say a bunch of racist stuff very publicly, there are going to be people who no longer want to associate with you. Especially when we are talking about business relationships. Aaron Donald has a brand to protect too.

  16. I don’t think a prepared statement is even needed at this point when things like this happen. In fact I think statements like this look pretty stupid.

    Either call him out or don’t bother but “severing ties” is a hollow gesture.

    Also, align yourself with better partners from the get go. Kanye has been scum for awhile, this isn’t news.

  17. I’m completely out of the loop on all of this. Politics seems exhausting from the outside looking in.

  18. Why team up with Kanye in the first place? I know he’s a celebrity and knows how to make money, but what does he know about Sports Marketing? Lots of other groups out there that know the in’s and out’s. Plus his past behavior should have been a Red Flag!

  19. Thing is, the reason Kanye ever got rich is because of all you people on here. They tell you what music, fashion, movies etc to like and you all eat it up. He also isn’t lying about what really goes on, it’s just your simple minds can’t process these things. You wait for someone to tell you to think

  20. “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”-Voltaire

  21. Call me sheltered, but Kanye West was a complete unknown to me until his outrageous behavior at the 2009 MVA awards ceremony. Right away he rocketed to top listing in the “Most Egregious A-holes in the World” category and has done little to relinquish that standing.
    Adidas has cancelled their collaboration with him, which is estimated to ultimately cost him $1.5B, so there is that.

    Maybe he will fade away, to the gratitude of most of the country, although that has yet to happen to other icons of hate and grievance.

  22. This problem neither starts nor ends with West. If one really cares they will address it in the universities where it is actually being taught.

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