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Tony Parker apologizes following photo of him doing controversial “quenelle” gesture

Dec 30, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

This tweet has Tony Parker in the middle of an anti-Semitic controversy.

The guy on the right in that photo is obviously Parker. The guy on the left is controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala who invented the gesture they are doing, called the “quenelle.”

What is the quenelle? Let the BBC explain it all to you because they can do it better than I:

The gesture involves touching or gripping your shoulder with one hand while holding the palm of your other hand outstretched and pointing to the ground. Some describe it as a combination of the bras d’honneur with a bent arm (which means “up yours”) and the Nazi salute…

Dieudonne made the gesture when he headed his own anti-Zionist campaign in the European elections in 2009. French media trace it further back, to one of his performances in 2005. It came to greater prominence in September when two soldiers were photographed appearing to make the gesture outside a Paris synagogue.

The story goes on to say a lot of French youth have adopted the gesture of the popular right-wing French comedian but seem oblivious to the anti-Semitic meanings. The gesture created a lot of controversy in Europe and it has reached into sports before as a French-born West Bromwich player in the Barclays Premiere league used it and created a firestorm.

All that is not lost on people here in the states and they asked for an apology from Parker, as reported in the New York Daily News.

They got it, reports Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

“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.”

Parker goes on to apologize and say he will never use it again and hopes to spread the word about what is really behind the gesture.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Tony Parker showed how much of a man he is by cheating on his wife. Now we get to see how intellectual he is by emulating a raging anti-Semitic scumbag like Dieudonne.

    $10 says that by the end of this year, Dieudonne will proclaim his victimization while chowing down on a bullet.

    Hey, if that’s good enough for Hitler, then I expect it to be good enough for a Hitler lover.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    yawn

  3. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Fyi: anti-Zionist does not mean anti-Semitic

    • yournuts - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Where did you leave your brain? This symbol is not anti-zionist it is anti-semitic.

      • goodellgate - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        And how do you know that for sure ??

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      And what is your definition of Zionist? Mine is the strive for Jewish autonomy. Yours?

  4. fanofevilempire - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Some describe it as a combination of the bras d’honneur with a bent arm (which means “up yours”) and the Nazi salute…

    so what does he say it means, I want the meaning not someone’s opinion.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Do a search for Dieudonne’s act, and you’ll find out very well what his symbol stands for.

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    did Tony cry@ the press conference because if he didn’t then the apology doesn’t count.
    you must produce tears.

  6. JMClarkent - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Regarding the placement of folks in the picture: Two “rights” don’t make a left!

    • antistratfordian - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      In this case it made a wrong.

    • whereyaat - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      However, three rights do make a left.
      – Tip of the hat to Lil Wayne

  7. RavenzGunnerz - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    This is a gesture against the Israel occupation of the Palestine. It has nothing to do with the Holocaust. I guess Israel has the right to do all they want because of what happened in WW2, which the Palestinians didn’t take part of?

    • slickdemetrius - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      This kind of foolish BS is pathetic, and I’m not Jewish. First, occupation of Palestine? Was there a “Palestine” in the 18th century? Do you know anything of the Balfour Agreement?
      Have you ever considered that the Jews were to be allotted just One tenth of ONE percent of Arab lands, and technically the lands were not Arab. The Turks had it first prior to losing it to the French and then onward to the Brits.
      You also should know that in the original drawup, the Arabs were to have what became of Jordan. They got screwed over by the Hashemites. You and the Palestinians should take your problems up with them.
      And don’t tell me there is islamic religious rites in Jerusalem. Even there they pray pointing toward Mecca. The significance of the mosque in Jerusalem has only been inflated in recent years.
      Get an education and please reply, I’d like to have some fun with ya.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      As if the two are wholly unrelated. Don’t be naive.

      Also, your post is very offensive.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      1. The movement for Israeli nationhood started well before World War II.
      2. The movement for Israeli nationhood also included an Arab state that turned around and started a war of annihilation after the agreement in 1947. The Arab nation lost that war.
      3. Jordan, 74% of the Palestinian Mandate, which is the land controlled by the Brits after they won the land from the Turks in World War I, and created as a Jew-free Palestine, squatted and renamed the West Bank between 1947-1967.
      4. There still is a peace deal on the table from 2000 when Israel offered Palestinians their autonomy in the form of a state.
      5. The Palestinians rejected that state offer AND STARTED THE 2ND INTIFADA which involved blowing up pizzerias, bus lines, dance halls, wedding reception halls, etc.
      6. I guess you have no flippant clue what you’re talking about, which isn’t surprising. Jew haters and their enablers aren’t the smartest people on the planet.

      If anyone is really interested in this subject matter, they can find plenty of real historical information. Scum like Dieudonne have broadcast themselves, and it’s not my or anyone else’s fault to criticize them by suggesting that if they emulate the practices of Hitler so much (such as, repeating the Big Lie enough times to excuse their own hatred) then they should go all the way.

    • redbaronx - Dec 31, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      @RavenzGunnerz – I just love when people talk about “Israel’s occupation of Palestine”. First of all, the Jews were there a couple thousand years ago in the times of King David when there were 12 tribes of Israel “Occupying” the land, before there was even the word or a people called “Palestinians”.

      Secondly, Israel has every right to do what they want with THEIR land.

      Third, this post had NOTHING to do with Palestinians to begin with, so if you have a problem with my comments, well that’s what you get for making this political! A reality check!

  8. frank35sox - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I get enough from the media about what people find offensive in my own country. I couldn’t begin to care less than to what French people find offensive too.

  9. frank35sox - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Not to mention, it kind of just looks like a foul across the arm.

  10. scbaby2013 - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Does he do this gesture before sleeping with his teammate’s wife lol this guy is a loser as a person but a hell of a ball player

  11. noahbird - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Anti-Zionism, as opposed to anti-semitism, isn’t right-wing – it’s logical.

  12. ProBasketballPundit - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    It’s sad when people feel compelled to explain to another person why something they did is offensive. If the person in question doesn’t know he did something offensive then it means he wasn’t trying to offend and anybody who takes offense needs something better to occupy their time.

    • chicagoteamster - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      This should win a prize for most inane comment. If ProBasketballPundit had written, “There’s a lot of ignorance, stupidity and hate in the world; just blow by it,” that would be one thing. But that’s not what this says. This says that sincere ignorance, sincere stupidity and sincere hate are not offensive.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Oh gee, did I offend you without intending to offend? Allow me to offer up this apology:

    • chicagoteamster - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      This should win a prize for most inane comment. If ProBasketballPundit had written, “There’s a lot of ignorance, stupidity and hate in the world; just blow by it,” that would be one thing. But that’s not what this says. This says that sincere ignorance, sincere stupidity and sincere hate are not offensive.

  13. sabatimus - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Why does any of this matter? Only fools would get themselves riled up about something as pedestrian as this.

  14. asublimeday - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Parker then threw up a Nazi salute he mistook for a “goodbye!” gesture.

  15. slickdemetrius - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    To the NBC crew – You found the right to remove my comment which contained absolutely no malice whatsoever, just historic facts that non-politicized historians agree upon, but that’s fine. But you leave in the comment I replied to as is and that should have been found as malicious. Seems to be a sever double standard here and not a first for the entire NBC sports blogs.

  16. chicagoteamster - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Look up Dieudonne’s rhetoric. One cannot make the claim that he’s not anti-Jewish, just anti-Israel. The article calls Dieudonne “right-wing.” One day left wing…next day right wing. He lives in the hate place where left and right meet.

  17. jimeejohnson - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Tony Parker: sensitive, wise man, unlike the pea brain racist losers.

  18. chicagoteamster - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Look up Dieudonne’s rhetoric. One cannot make the claim stick that he’s not anti-Jewish, just anti-Israel. The article calls Dieudonne “right-wing.” One day left wing…next day right wing. He lives in the hate place where left and right meet.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      A wise political professor I had in college said that the spectrum of political beliefs is not a line from left to right but a circle where eventually the right and left fringe meet.

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