Tony Parker Apologizes For Photo

Source: Brian Windhorst / ESPN

Tony Parker has apologized after he and San Antonio Spurs teammate and fellow French countryman Boris Diaw were thrust into a national controversy in France over what some have perceived as an anti-Semitic gesture in published photographs.

Parker, who released a lengthy statement Monday afternoon, said a photo of him posing with French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was several years old. A similar photo has also been published of Diaw with the comedian/activist.

“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 said in the statement.

On Sunday, the photos were published by media outlets in France. In the pictures, Parker and Diaw are seen doing what is known as the “quenelle,” which has become a symbol of anti-Semitism in that country.

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