Kanye West’s Donda Academy Gets Booted From Major High School Basketball Tourney

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 3: Kanye West is seen exiting her hotel on September 3, 2016 in New York City.


Kanye West has had his partnership with Adidas terminated, been dropped by CAA, and also lost partnerships with Balenciaga, Vogue Magazine, Foot Locker, and GAP in recent weeks due to his ongoing antisemitic rants, and now his school is feeling the impact of his tirades and controversial comments.

According to a statement from the Ohio Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics, which is a prestigious high school basketball tournament, Ye’s Donda Academy has been kicked out of the tournament field.

West’s school is a private school that teaches students from pre-K through twelfth grade in California.

“In light of recent anti-Semitic statements by Kanye West, we will no longer be hosting Donda Academy at this year’s Play-By-Play Classics events, including the Kentucky Play-By-Play Classic scheduled for December 11, 2022 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY. Kanye’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 organization wrote in a statement.

“While we are firm in our reasoning for this decision, it does not diminish our heartache and regret for Donda’s hardworking student-athletes who will lose out the most as a result of Kanye’s actions. By all accounts, they are an exemplary group of young men. Unfortunately, we cannot in good conscience host an organization founded and directed by Mr. West at our events.”

Donda Academy has also lost its lead educational consultant, Tamar Andrews, who immediately resigned after West’s antisemitic comments, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Andrews is also the director of early childhood education at both Temple Isaiah and American Jewish University.

And if all of the fallout over Kanye’s comments wasn’t enough, he’s also feeling it financially after losing his billionaire status.

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