Ye’s Donda Academy is closing for the school year, according to the principal
Donda Academy is closing for the school year following recent anti-Semitic statements by the academy’s founder, the artist formerly known as Kanye West.
According to an email from Academy Director Jason Angell, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, the decision to close was made by the Grammy-winning artist, who legally changed his name to Ye.
“Our leadership team will work diligently to assist all families during this transition, ensuring each scholar has what they need to succeed in their next community in a prompt and courteous manner,” Angell wrote. “We intend to start again in September 2023.”
However, another email obtained by TMZ and signed “Donde Parents” urged students to return to the academy on Thursday, leaving the school’s status in doubt.
Amidst the final announcement, the Donda Academy boys basketball program has rescinded invitations to three high school basketball showcases.
The Hoophall Classic and Kentucky Play-By-Play Classic confirmed in statements that Donda Academy will no longer participate in their events, and Scholastic Play By Play Classics founder Jeremy Treatman expressed regret for the effect on the academy’s players.
“Kanye’s words and actions violate our values as a company and country and what we strive to ensure at all of our events – the spirit of diversity, sportsmanship, inclusion, equality and mutual respect,” Treatman said in a statement. “While we stand firm in our reasoning for this decision, it does not diminish our heartache and regret for Donda’s hard-working student-athletes who stand to lose the most as a result of Kanye’s actions.”
The third event Donda Academy was scheduled to play in, the City of Palms Classic, replaced the academy with Patrick (New Jersey) on Thursday morning.
For weeks, Ye has made anti-Semitic comments in interviews and on social media, including posting on Twitter earlier this month that there would soon be “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to the US defense readiness scale known as DEFCON. His posts led to his suspension from both Twitter and Instagram, although new posts were posted on Instagram this week following the suspension.
The shutdown of Donda Academy is the latest result of Ye’s controversial comments. Adidas announced on Tuesday that it was ending its partnership with Ye, as Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown both announced this week that they are leaving the Donda Sports agency.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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