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NBA fines Heat’s Leonard $50K, commissioner condemns anti-Semitic comment

NBA fines Heat’s Leonard $50K, commissioner condemns anti-Semitic comment

Sports
March 11 (UPI) -- The NBA has fined Meyers Leonard $ 50,000 and issued a one-week suspension to the Miami Heat center for an anti-Semitic slur he made during a recent video game stream, the league announced Thursday. Leonard also will be required to participate in a cultural diversity program. Advertisement "Meyers Leonard's comment was inexcusable and hurtful and such an offensive term has no place in the NBA or in our society," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a news release. "Yesterday, he spoke to representatives of the Anti-Defamation League to better understand the impact of his words, and we accept that he is genuinely remorseful. "We have further communicated to Meyers that derogatory comments like this will not be tolerated and that he will be expected to uphold the core val...
Roald Dahl’s family apologises for author’s antisemitic remark

Roald Dahl’s family apologises for author’s antisemitic remark

Entertainment
The family of Roald Dahl has apologised for an antisemitic comment by the late author made 37 years ago, saying his previous remarks were "incomprehensible".His relatives issued a joint statement on his website after concerns the comment could damage his legacy - which continues to live on while his estate signs deals with broadcasters to adapt his books. Dahl's words, they wrote, "stand in contrast" to the man they knew. Image: Many of Dahl's works have been adapted to West End plays and big-budget films The statement said: "The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company deeply apologise for the lasting and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl's statements."Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand i...
MPs demand Amazon explain Alexa’s ‘antisemitic’ responses

MPs demand Amazon explain Alexa’s ‘antisemitic’ responses

Technology
A group of MPs have demanded an explanation from Amazon after being "appalled" to discover the company's Alexa voice service "offers messages from antisemitic websites and conspiracy theories".The All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism has written to Amazon's UK boss, John Boumphrey, to request urgent action over the issue. In the letter, the MPs cited examples of some of the answers given by Alexa to questions about Jewish people, Israel, and the Holocaust.They said that the question, "Do Jews control the media?", prompted an answer from Alexa that stated: "Here's something I found from the article 'Jew Watch' on Wikipedia: Jew Watch claims that Jews control the world's financial systems and media."Another question, "Do the Elders of Zion control the world?", was answered - th...
Wiley apology for tweets ‘that looked anti-Semitic’ after Twitter ban

Wiley apology for tweets ‘that looked anti-Semitic’ after Twitter ban

Technology
Grime artist Wiley has apologised for "generalising" about Jewish people after being banned from social media.In an interview with Sky News, the artist insisted: "I'm not racist.""My comments should not have been directed to all Jews or Jewish people. I want to apologise for generalising, and I want to apologise for comments that were looked at as anti-Semitic."Twitter had earlier banned his account permanently after a public backlash over a perceived lack of action."We are sorry we did not move faster," Twitter said in a statement. Sky News reported that the offensive tweets were sparked by a falling-out between the rapper and his former manager, who is Jewish. The pair cut ties in recent days."I just want to apologise for generalising and going outside ...
Wiley dropped by management over anti-Semitic posts

Wiley dropped by management over anti-Semitic posts

Entertainment
Grime artist Wiley has been dropped by his management following anti-Semitic comments on his social media accounts.His manager John Woolf said A-List Management has "cut all ties" after a long series of posts on Friday on accounts that belong to the rapper.The Campaign Against Antisemitism has asked police to investigate and called for his accounts to be closed.Wiley is known as the "godfather of grime" and received an MBE for services to music in 2018.Anti-Semitic content was posted to more than 440,000 Instagram followers and 490,000 Twitter followers.Wiley shared conspiracy theories and insulted Jewish people.In one tweet he said "I don't care about Hitler, I care about black people", and also compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan. Posts o...