The announcement came a day after Brown said in an interview with The Boston Globe that he didn’t condone West’s remarks but would stay with his agency. That changed after a day of reflection.

In a statement posted to his social media accounts, Brown wrote: “In the past 24 hours, I’ve been able to reflect and better understand how my previous statements lack clarity in expressing my stance against recent insensitive public remarks and actions. For that, I apologize. And in this, I seek to be as clear as possible. I have always, and will always, continue to stand strongly against any antisemitism, hate speech, misrepresentation, and oppressive rhetoric of any kind.

“In light of that, after sharing in conversations, I now recognize that there are times when my voice and my position can’t coexist in spaces that don’t correspond with my stance or my values. And, for that reason, I am terminating my association with Donda Sports.

“I do seek to continue providing mentorship, love, and support to the incredible children, faculty, and young athletes with whom I’ve been grateful to form bonds and relationships with during my time with Donda Academy.”

Brown signed with Donda Sports earlier this year, becoming the first NBA player to partner with the sports marketing agency. Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, the first NFL player to sign with Donda Sports, also terminated his association with the company on Tuesday.

BEHAVIOR INITIATIVE: The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced a plan to encourage more respectful behavior within basketball, even at youth levels.

Many groups – including the National Basketball Coaches Association, the National Basketball Referees Association and USA Basketball – are also involved with the “Respect for the Game” initiative.

The NBA has been using that term with players for nearly two decades, hoping for more positive interactions between players and referees.

In June, the NBA’s referees condemned violent acts toward officials in other sports, including a coach punching a 72-year-old umpire at a youth baseball game in New Jersey – the umpire needed surgery for a jaw injury – and the death of a soccer official in El Salvador who was attacked after ejecting a player from an amateur match. Many referee groups have also condemned instances of fans or parents losing control of emotions during games.


WIZARDS 119, PISTONS 98: Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points, and Washington overcame Bradley Beal’s back issues to beat visiting Detroit.

Beal was limited to 21:49 because of back tightness, although he was able to return late in the third quarter after missing the entire second. The Wizards actually broke the game open without him and cruised to a lopsided victory.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points, Will Barton contributed 16 and Beal was able to finish with 13.

Bojan Bogdanovic led Detroit with 25 points and Cade Cunningham added 18.

PELICANS 113, MAVERICKS 111: Trey Murphy III scored 22 points and short-handed New Orleans overcame Luka Doncic’s latest prolific performance to beat visiting Dallas.


The Pelicans entered the game missing two of their top three scorers in Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) and Zion Williamson (hip bruise), as well as a third starter, Herb Jones (hyperextended knee), who is their top defensive player.

Available Pelicans responded with an all-hands-on-deck effort in which eight players reached double figures in scoring.

THUNDER 108, CLIPPERS 94: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points and host Oklahoma City defeated short-handed Los Angeles for its first win of the season.

Gilgeous-Alexander played after sitting out Sunday’s game against Minnesota with a bruised left hip. Against the Clippers, he made 11 of 22 field goals and 9 of 9 free throws and had eight assists.

The Clippers were without their two biggest stars. Kawhi Leonard sat out to rest his right knee and Paul George missed the game with an illness. Oklahoma City took advantage by holding the Clippers to 42% shooting.

Luke Kennard scored 15 points and Ivica Zubac had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers.

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