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ADL Accepts Apology of New York Knicks Player Charlie Ward; Stresses Importance of Education

New York, NY, April 24, 2001 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today accepted the apology of New York Knicks player Charlie Ward for his insensitive and anti-Semitic remarks, saying the episode "shows the need for continuing education."

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We accept Charlie Ward’s apology. Mr. Ward acknowledges he made a mistake and has indicated that he is now willing to explore his beliefs with Jewish religious leaders to perhaps better understand why his remarks about Jews and Judaism were so deeply offensive. We hope that Mr. Ward will also consider meetings with mainstream Christian leaders, along with Jewish leaders, who can explain why his beliefs are part of historic myths that have been used to fuel anti-Semitism for centuries.

This episode should not have happened. The fact that it did shows the need for continuing education, especially among professional athletes, about the diverse religious beliefs and traditions of our society. As role models for young people, the players hold a responsibility to exhibit the hallmarks of respect, sportsmanship and professionalism both on and off the field. Professional sports, which mirror larger society with players from different religious and ethnic backgrounds, are no place for ethnic intolerance or religious bigotry.

Read ADL's Statement on Anti-Semitic Remarks made by Knicks Players (4/20/01)

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.



 
 
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