Tony Parker, a year removed from last year's Halloween party gaffe, in which he and Tim Duncan posed for a photo with their "guns" aimed toward a guy dressed as Joey Crawford, is mired in another controversy.
Parker and comedian Dieudonne Mbala-Mbala flashed the quenelle gesture, which is essentially the Nazi salute in reverse. (Photo via algemeiner.com)
"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," the center's associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told Fox News. "It's the Nazi salute in reverse."
The "quenelle" has been used near Nazi concentration camps and synagogues.
Parker and Boris Diaw were not available to media after today's practice.
Parker's statement, via Spurs PR:
"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."