Antonio Brown is sticking behind Kanye West, making a lengthy statement defending his choice to stay president of Donda Sports, claiming his “dedication to freedom of speech, thought, and opinion.”
The NFL receiver, who joined the Donda team earlier this year, addressed Kanye’s major scandal following many anti-Semitic rants.
He said: “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.”
As brands such as Adidas and Balenciaga cut connections with West, AB claims the timing is not coincidental.
“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 cultural issues toward 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,” he added.
Brown says he decided to speak out because he is against all forms of prejudice, yet he makes it clear that he is on Kanye’s side.
“I remain true to the mission of Donda and our amazing staff and community,”
“I remain committed to bringing new ideas, experiences, and designs to our world I remain in support of the humanity that is Ye,” he added.
The declaration comes after sports players Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown expressed their displeasure with Ye’s remarks, prompting them to depart Donda Sports.
AB has recently found himself drowning in scandal as well and this will not help.