Morehouse cancels basketball tournament with ties to Kanye West

ATLANTA — A Morehouse College basketball tournament with ties to Kanye West has been canceled.

For weeks, the Grammy winner, who legally changed his name to Ye, has made antisemitic comments in interviews and social media, including a Twitter post earlier this month that he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to the U.S. defense readiness condition scale known as DEFCON. His posts led to his suspension from both Twitter and Instagram.

He has since apologized for the tweet.

In a statement from Morehouse College, it said:

“Throughout its history, Morehouse College, perhaps more than any other institution, has stood for social discourse which advances equity and healing, particularly in areas involving race, culture and socio-economic disparities. We therefore cannot condone, in perception or implication, the recent divisive and unproductive statements by Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.”


The tournament between the Donda Doves and The Skill Factory was set to take place on Nov. 6.

This is just the latest organization to step away from West.

On Tuesday, sportswear manufacturer Adidas announced that it was ending a partnership with Ye that helped make him a billionaire, saying it doesn’t tolerate antisemitism and hate speech.

Other companies also have announced they were cutting ties with Ye, including Foot Locker, Gap, TJ Maxx, JPMorgan Chase bank and Vogue magazine. An MRC documentary about him was also scrapped.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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