Star basketball players for Kanye West‘s Donda Academy have been banned from playing in a prestigious high school tournament due to the rapper’s antisemitic rants, TMZ reports.
The Scholastic Play-By-Play Classics announced that Donda will be excluded from playing in games this season, saying West’s “words and actions violate our values as a company and a country, and what we seek to ensure at all of our events — a spirit of diversity, sportsmanship, inclusion, equity and mutual respect.”
The tournament — which has five national locations — is a huge deal at the high school level … and has hosted future NBA superstars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant in the past. Donda was originally slated to compete at the December 11 event in Louisville.
It’s a huge bummer for the whole roster of kids — including five-star guards Robert Dillingham (who’s committed to Kentucky) and AJ Johnson … as well as the other players on the squad who are also ranked nationally.
The decision is the latest in a string of setbacks for West in the wake of his antisemitism. Adidas, Balenciaga and CAA have all severed their business relationships with West.
Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.