Celtics president Brad Stevens speaks on Jaylen Brown’s recent entanglements in Ye, Kyrie scandals

Stevens’ interlocutor, the Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy, has a bone to pick with Brown regardless.

Star Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown is no stranger to using his platform for good but has recently found some of his social media activity under scrutiny for ties to people promoting hateful views. This caught the attention of Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy, who wrote that he has “no interest in reading or hearing (Brown’s) well-intentioned words promoting social justice and spreading love” after the incidents in question.

“You’ve had three chances in the last month to denounce antisemitism and in each instance, you balked or chose to support your misguided friends, Kanye West, a.k.a “Ye,” and Kyrie Irving,” added the Globe reporter.

For clarity, Shaughnessy refers to the scandal that enveloped Ye after making antisemitic comments on social media, and Irving’s sharing of an antisemitic video he has since disavowed support for the hateful sentiments it contains.

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown plans to focus on basketball after video retweet row

“You do the best you can and balance everything,” suggested the Cal alum. “Regardless of what you say, some people are going to disagree or already form an opinion.”

You might not have noticed given how well the Boston Celtics have been playing, but off-court issues have impacted Jaylen Brown enough that the Georgia native feels it has begun to impact his play. “I’ve just been careless with the ball,” he related after Boston’s win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday via CLNS Media. “There’s been a lot going on outside of basketball.”

As a vice president of the Players’ union, it’s been Brown’s job to support fellow NBPA VP Kyrie Irving, who embroiled himself in scandal by retweeting an antisemitic video. Brown later claimed to have mistakenly retweeted a clip of a group who came to Barclay’s center to pass out antisemitic propaganda under the pretense of supporting Irving, who has since disavowed support for their antisemitic views.

“You do the best you can and balance everything,” suggested the Cal alum. “Regardless of what you say, some people are going to disagree or already form an opinion.”

“So, you come out, you do what I’ve been doing, trying to uplift my community, spreading kindness, spreading love, trying to be the best version of myself, but also help any and everybody around me,” he explained.

“That’s what I’ve been since I came into this league, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do — focusing on that and taking care of basketball and everything just falls in line.”

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Jaylen Brown responds to criticism of tweet which appears to support Black Hebrew Israelites

The Celtics wing said he ‘was not aware’ of who the group was in the clip he retweeted.

Just when the furor over star Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving seemed to be dying down after the mercurial floor general became poised to return to the court after having satisfied his team that he took accountability for his actions which promoted an antisemitic film, Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown appears to have picked up that problematic baton.

The Georgia native retweeted a clip on Sunday afternoon which was originally shared by Twitter user @PlainJaneDee_ that showed a large crowd of Black Hebrew Israelites, a number of which were distributing propaganda flyers for the Radical Hebrew Israelite sect, who are characterized as a hate group by the SPLC.

The clip was also retweeted by Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas, since deleted.

Celtics star Jayen Brown opens up on his meeting with Boston civil rights pioneer Jean McGuire

“It was amazing,” said Brown. “I wasn’t familiar with her before and the things that she’s done in her career in education and civil rights.”

Boston Celtics star wing Jaylen Brown has long been a champion of using his platform as an NBA player to promote education as a means to help underserved communities and individuals. Speaking at Harvard, working with MIT’s Media Lab and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Program, and even giving TED Talks to such an end since joining the NBA in 2016.

Brown’s interest in the spaces where the fight against structural racism and other forms of inequity meet opportunities through education taking root in the city of Boston has been an ongoing affair since the Celtics selected him third overall in that year’s draft.

And after hearing about how local education advocate and civil rights pioneer Jean McGuire was the subject of a brutal attack on her usual walk in Franklin Park, the Celtics star made a point of connecting with McGuire to learn more about her efforts to promote education in the greater Boston area.

Celtics’ Malcolm Brogdon to receive Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Respect

The former Indiana Pacers guard broke down what motivated him to get involved with the efforts, and how much of an honor the recognition for those efforts garnered.

New Boston Celtics point guard Malcolm Brogdon is set to be honored for his foundation’s work in Tanzania and around the globe with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Respect Award. The head of the eponymous Brogdon Family Foundation, the Celtics floor general works at creating increased access to clean water and good education for all in the areas it works.

Brogdon recently linked up with team reporter Amanda Pflugrad to talk about the work his organization did that earned him the honor from the foundation of Boxing great Muhammad Ali.

The former Indiana Pacers guard broke down what motivated him to get involved with the efforts, and how much of an honor the recognition for those efforts garnered.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear all Brogdon had to say about the award and what went into being tabbed for the honor.

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Boston’s Jaylen Brown meets recovering local civil rights icon Jeanne McGuire

“Thank you for the work you continue to do, and have done in our community,” tweeted Brown recently.

Star Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown recently met up with local civil rights legend Jean McGuire after the 91-year-old METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) program co-founder had been stabbed while out with her dog in Franklin Park early in October (h/t NBC 10 Boston’s Jake Levin).

“Jean McGuire,” Brown tweeted his appreciation of the local desegregation leader recently, “thank you for the work you continue to do, and have done in our community. I admire you. Your strength/resilience is amazing it was an honor to spend some time with you. I am looking forward to working with METCO and talking more about the community.”

METCO, now the second-longest existing and largest school desegregation program in the United States, and was helmed by McGuire for over four decades beginning in 1973 in a community infamous for its struggles with desegregation in the 1960s and 70s.

Notable METCO graduates include athletes like Bruce Brown and AJ Reeves, pop stars like Bell Biv DeVoe’s Michael Bivins, and politicians like Tito Jackson, Kim Janey, and Marylyn Mosby, to name but a few.

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Celtics Lab 151: On NBA (un)accountability and unseemly entanglements from Ime Udoka to Kyrie Irving with Dave Zirin

The Nets and Celtics have been entangled for nearly a decade, but antisemitism and Ime Udoka have added a dark new wrinkle.

The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have maintained a strange link for nearly a decade now with the two teams’ fate inextricably entangled first through the deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, then later through the stars the Celtics drafted from the draft assets Brooklyn traded them.

But the connection didn’t stop there. Kyrie Irving left Boston to join the Nets, and Boston hired Ime Udoka from the Brooklyn staff to be their head coach. Now, the ties have taken an even stranger, more concerning turn.

The Nets are poised to hire Udoka, who is currently suspended by Boston for misconduct. And Irving’s dalliances with a thread of antisemitism is creeping through the NBA media sphere and touching the Celtics by way of Ye (Kanye West).

To talk about that resurgent antisemitism in a broader, historical context, as well as the more immediate impact of Brooklyn perhaps poaching Udoka, the hosts of the CLNS Media “Celtics Lab” podcast got together with The Nation’s Dave Zirin to dive deep into some heavy material.

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Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what Zirin had to say about his new article on Irving, as well as Udoka, Jaylen Brown’s Donda ties, and more in an important episode of the Celtics Lab.

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Jaylen Brown-backed tourney for Donda Academy canceled due to Ye West ties

The event, which was to be played at HBCU Morehouse College, was canceled over Ye’s ‘divisive and unproductive statements’.

Star Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown has been working to secure the Donda Academy basketball team opponents after the antisemitic diatribe of its founder, Ye West, has caused many organizations and individuals to distance themselves from the entertainer in recent weeks.

The Celtics star, who himself left Donda Sports talent representation as a result of West’s words, had lined up a tourney with The Skill Factory, a Georgia-based prep squad to be held at Morehouse College, an Atlanta-area HBCU, on Nov. 6. But now, per Floor and Ceiling’s Wilko Martínez-Cachero, that event has been canceled per Cedric Mobley, Morehouse College spokesman.

Brown responded to news of the cancelation, confirmed by the College, by tweeting that it was an “unfortunate retraction” even while “the kids and family appreciate the consideration. Brown also noted he was “currently looking for another solution.”

Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum wants to open a school in St. Louis

The Celtics star had plenty to say about how he wants to use his platform and the Jayson Tatum Foundation to give back to greater St. Louis.

By now, most fans of the Boston Celtics know plenty about the interest of star Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown in promoting education in his community. But fewer know the Georgia native shares this interest with his fellow star wing Jayson Tatum, who recently shared that he also wants to help his fellow St. Louis natives get a better education.

The Duke product sat down for an interview with the eponymous host of the “In Depth with Jason Bensinger” show and spoke on his desire to open a school in his hometown to promote education in the city he grew up in.

The Celtics star had plenty to say about how he wants to use his platform and the Jayson Tatum Foundation to give back to greater St. Louis, so take a look at the clip embedded below to hear what he had to say.

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Jaylen Brown offers to sponsor tournaments that will play Donda academy

The Celtics star is concerned the students enrolled there will be punished for Ye West’s antisemitic rants.

Star Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown might have fumbled his initial response to the antisemitic remarks of Ye West, the founder of Brown’s former talent agency in charge of his off-court business ventures, Donda Sports. But that did not mean he had plans to abandon the teens he connected with at the affiliated Donda Academy.

Brown took to Twitter on Friday to pledge his willingness to sponsor tourneys that would host the academy, stating “you do not cancel our kids” in reference to the fallout of West’s actions impacting the students who had enrolled at his academy.

At least four tournaments in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and North Carolina have disinvited the Donda Academy team.

At present, there are no plans to pull the plug on their season, set to begin on Nov. 3 against Minnesota Prep Academy at the Minnesota Shorty Classic at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

But Brown is concerned with more than just keeping the schools themselves open, noting his concern that students might get scholarships pulled for college as a result of the West scandal’s fallout.

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