Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 2:49 pm  |  14 responses

Tony Parker Apologizes for Use of ‘Quenelle’ Gesture

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.”

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  • BIGCocuk

    People are so sensitive these days


    3 years ago?

  • Will Lee

    do they really care?

  • Vince

    As a French national and avid basketball fan I can say this is a fucking joke. People are so goddamn oversensitive – let it be in the US or Europe. TP has no history of antisemitic activity, and neither have the many French sports personalities that have been caught up in this storm in a teacup, people need to stop sensationalizing meaningless things and focus and some actual issues.

  • therichardkirby

    The Quenelle gesture is blatantly anti-semitic. Participants are encouraged to make this gesture at locations that are sacred to Jewish people. We are just three generations removed from one of the largest, most concentrated genocides in human history, which was the culmination of a movement that started with anti-semitic messages and propaganda. Are you f*cking mental? Too sensitive?! FOH

  • therichardkirby

    The gesture itself is blatantly anti-semitic, has its origins in the Nazi party. Look up anti-semitic propaganda and its role in the roundup and eventual mass murder of six million people.

  • camo?

    did chris bosh hit a game winning 3 with 37 points while LeBron was in camo on the bench against the blazers?

  • ignaciopxm321

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  • guest

    12 million. 6 million Jews.

  • Vince

    Yes, and every Tom, Dick and Harry off the street knows its significance right? I mean, if its that blatant… Not to mention, that if you actually know anything of this incident and are aware of who Dieudonne is (the guy who is in the photo) you’ll know that he used the Quenelle as satire in his show and that was kinda his trademark thing – hence any celebrity imitating it in a sign of respect when standing with him for a photo shoot. Y’know? But you’re right, Parker, like most of the population have studied the Nazi Party and the Second World War avidly, and know every word/gesture/salute that could be deemed “inappropriate” by certain people. Silly of him to unknowingly do that, dick move.

    Also thank you for your recap of WWII, as a history major I found it extremely enlightening, thank you for sharing your holier-than-thou attitude as well, it was very appreciated. Now, please, do some research before you speak and focus on actual problems rather than this overly sensationalized subject.

  • Mitya Ya

    Dude, you’re saying the right things, but you misspelled “propaganda” twice.

  • therichardkirby

    Saying that something is offensive and pointing out why = “holier than thou attitude”. Got it. Congratulations on your history degree.

  • call me li

    The fact that you are wearing red offends me because a guy who once robbed me wore red…not nearly the same thing but my point is offense can be take about anything. Just because it offends YOU doesn’t make it inherently wrong brah. Besides that, the history of the gesture itself is some political stance against Zionists, who are those that sought to move all Jews back to Israel. The fact that they made Israel and kicked out the people of Palestine is also offensive to some, hence the many years of violence around that area (West Bank, Gaza, etc.). So all that is to say, why should the media dictate which side individual sportsman support on such an issue? Even if they didn’t know and were just supporting this comedian dude. Finally, to my knowledge the Nazis always made the signal upward above their heard, but I haven’t done thorough research on the matter. Some white Greek soccer dude made the real signal like last year. That uproar I can understand. This is not the same. Take offense, fine, but you can’t force peoples opinions.

  • i_ball

    Most people (me included) didn’t know the meaning of the gesture. If there is no story about it I would have never known it. Tony Parker or Anelka don’t seem racist or anti-semitic so I don’t think it should be a story/problem. The whole over-sensitivity can even benefit Neo Nazi organisation more than raise awareness against antisemitism.