The Donda Academy is shutting down for the college year immediately after the current antisemitic statements produced by the academy’s founder, the artist formerly identified as Kanye West.
According to an e mail from academy principal Jason Angell, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, the selection to close was produced by the Grammy Award-winning artist, who has legally changed his name to Ye.
“Our leadership group will be operating diligently to help all households for the duration of this transition, making certain that just about every scholar has what they want to succeed in their subsequent neighborhood in a prompt and gracious manner,” Angell wrote. “We intend to commence afresh in September of 2023.”
However, an additional e mail obtained by TMZ and signed “Parents of Donda” named for students to return to the academy Thursday, leaving the status of the college in some doubt.
Before the closing announcement, the Donda Academy’s boys’ basketball plan had noticed invitations to two of higher college basketball’s most prominent showcases rescinded.
The Hoophall Classic and Kentucky Play-By-Play Classic each confirmed in statements that Donda Academy would no longer participate in their events, with Scholastic Play By Play Classics founder Jeremy Treatman expressing remorse for the impact on the academy’s players
“Kanye’s words and actions violate our values as a organization and a nation, and what we seek to guarantee at all of our events — a spirit of diversity, sportsmanship, inclusion, equity and mutual respect,” Treatman stated in a statement. “While we are firm in our reasoning for this selection, it does not diminish our heartache and regret for Donda’s hardworking student-athletes who will drop out the most as a outcome of Kanye’s actions.”
For weeks, Ye has produced antisemitic comments in interviews and social media, such as a Twitter post earlier this month that he would quickly go “death con three on JEWISH Persons,” an apparent reference to the U.S. defense readiness situation scale identified as DEFCON. His posts led to his suspension from each Twitter and Instagram, while new posts have been produced on Instagram this week given that the suspension.
Donda Academy’s shutdown is the newest fallout from Ye’s controversial remarks. Adidas stated Tuesday that it was ending its partnership with Ye, even though Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown each announced this week that they had been leaving the Donda Sports agency.
Donda’s boys’ basketball group options Kentucky commit Robert Dillingham, who is ranked No. eight in the ESPN one hundred, and fellow best-50 seniors A.J. Johnson and Javonte Taylor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.