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NBA: Parker apologises for past use of controversial gesture

Published on Dec 31, 2013 5:47 AM
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NBA star Tony Parker (centre) apologised on Monday for making a gesture (not pictured) with anti-Semitic overtones in a photograph taken three years ago, which became an issue after French footballer Nicolas Anelka made the same gesture on Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN ANTONIO (AFP) - NBA star Tony Parker apologised on Monday for making a gesture with anti-Semitic overtones in a photograph taken three years ago, which became an issue after French footballer Nicolas Anelka made the same gesture on Sunday.

"Since I have been made aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never repeat the gesture and sincerely apologise for any misunderstanding or harm relating to my actions," Parker said in a statement.

West Bromwich Albion striker Anelka made the gesture known as a "quenelle" on Saturday during a 3-3 English Premier League draw at West Ham United.

Controversy erupted in the wake of the move, which is made with a straightened right arm extended downwards and the left arm tapping the chest, and it enveloped Parker when an old photo of him surfaced making the gesture alongside the French comedian who is associated with it, Dieudonne.

 
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