A picture of Tony Parker sent by Twitter user @Lana93390 is causing an uproar among Jewish groups.
The photo shows Parker and French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala making a gesture that some say is offensive because it is similar to a Nazi salute. The gesture, called the "quenelle" in French culture, is considered to be an expression of anti-Semitism.
Tony Parker released a statement through the Spurs apologizing for the picture. "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. "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."
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