Sunday night The Algemeiner, a Jewish newspaper based in New York, published a story featuring a photograph of Tony Parker making the “‘quenelle,” a controversial French hand gesture that many consider to be an anti-Semitic reverse-Nazi salute. This afternoon Parker released a statement through the Spurs explaining the photo.
“While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it. When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful. Since I have been made aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never repeat the gesture and sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding or harm relating to my actions. Hopefully this incident will serve to educate others that we need to be more aware that things that may seem innocuous can actually have a history of hate and hurt.”