Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 11:25 am  |  21 responses

Tony Parker in Trouble for Making Anti-Semitic ‘Quenelle’ Gesture

San Antonio Spurs star point guard Tony Parker was photographed doing the “quenelle” — known as some kind of reverse Nazi salute — alongside a controversial French comedian. (Teammate Boris Diaw has been caught doing the same thing.) Per the NY Daily News:

Spurs star guard Tony Parker came under fire on Sunday for his alleged use of an anti-Semitic gesture described as a “reverse” Nazi salute. Parker was asked by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to apologize.

French media outlets published a photo taken earlier this year of the French-born Parker doing the “quenelle,” as it is known, at the side of Dieudonne, a comedian and accused anti-Semite who coined the gesture, according to The Algemeiner, a New York-based newspaper that covers Jewish and Israel-related topics.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group named after the Nazi hunter, urged Parker on Sunday to “apologize for his past use of the quenelle ‘Nazi’ salute,” according to the Algemeiner.

“As a leading sports figure on both sides of the Atlantic, Parker has a special moral obligation to disassociate himself from a gesture that the government of France has identified as anti-Semitic,” Cooper said.

Parker, 31, was photographed in September and October by French media outlets making the gesture backstage at Dieudonne’s concerts.

The NBA, along with the Spurs, had no immediate comment. Parker had 22 points in nearly 36 minutes in a comeback 112-104 win over the visiting Kings on Sunday night.

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  • Anelka

    disgusting stuff!

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  • Dfrance

    I always find it funny when they throw basketball stats at the end of these non-basketball related stories.

    “Tony Parker is a r@cist pr1ck who was photographed doing a reverse Nazi salute. He also had 22 points in 36 minutes of action last night”

  • Jimbolism

    Interesting this coming out now with Anelka (French soccer player) pulled up for this in the UK this week).

  • Anelka

    :D yeah! you are so right!! lmao

  • Max

    Damn Tony, wassup with that?

  • vannshy

    this gesture “la quenelle” is against the system, not the jews. Hopefully Tony will not apologize for this

  • Dutch Rich

    Dear Slam, just because you were handed a turd doesn’t mean you have to pass it on.

  • Slick Ric

    Jew-ish people are not Semitic, time to stop the BS.

  • initbruv

    Pretty interesting article about the gesture if anyone is interested:


  • underdog

    “A quenelle is a mixture of creamed fish, chicken, or meat, sometimes combined with breadcrumbs, with a light egg binding. It is usually poached. Formerly, quenelles were often used as a garnish in haute cuisine; today, they are usually served on their own.”

    You’re welcome.

  • spit hot fiyah

    how do we know that they are just not getting that dirt of their shoulder?

  • Ron

    This made me laugh

  • bike

    Both him and Diaw are doing this? Maybe it’s something Pop inadvertantly got started in the Spurs locker room…it means ‘Timmy’s going to sit tonight’.

  • bill

    Can you post the definition for “boy”, too? That’ll make it alllllll better for how african-americans in the South take it when some ridiculous white dude address them as such.

  • Francis

    wouldn’t a reverse Nazi salute be more anti-Nazi than anti-Semetic???

  • TBRK

    clever comment, context IS important. From what I understand Dieudo’s comedy is not about race/religion as much as it is about geopolitical power….i don’t know, need a translation for it

  • abdul

    real guy

  • Ugh

    They’re Aryan. Ironic, isn’t it?

  • Ugh

    It seems like his comments on geopolitical power become more based on race and religion the more he talks.

  • DocDaFunk

    I don’t know if Tony really aware of all the implication but Dieudonné is a talented comedian who turned craaaaazy and openly anti-semite and have a lot of shaddy friendships…….
    but quenelle is usually eaten with river shrimps sauce it’s delicious!