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Vanderbilt defensive backs coach Dan Jackson apologizes for social media comment

Following public backlash regarding a comment posted on social media, Vanderbilt defensive backs coach Dan Jackson issued a statement apologizing on Friday night. Jackson responded to a Facebook post by commenting that he supports the rapper Ye — formerly known as Kanye West. West in October wrote on social media that he was going to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.” West later apologized for the post but reportedly made further anti-Semitic comments in an unaired appearance on LeBron James’ television show “The Shop.” Jackson is expected to coach against South Carolina on Saturday, a spokesperson for Vanderbilt’s athletic department told 247Sports.

“I want to sincerely apologize for recent comments that I made on social media,” Jackson wrote in the statement. “While it was certainly not my intent to offend, my wording was careless, and it was in poor judgment to wade into such a discussion without the full context. My comments were in no way reflective of our program or university and I accept full responsibility for my words and will learn from this experience going forward.

“To be clear, antisemitism has no place in our society, and I reject all forms of hate. I’m embarrassed by my mistake but proud to work at a diverse institution where we can learn from each other’s cultures. I promise to be better moving forward for myself, our program and our institution.”

Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea and athletic director Candice Storey Lee released a joint statement Friday night apparently regarding Jackson’s comment, although the statement did not mention Jackson by name.

“Although we have been assured these comments were not directed at any specific group, we are deeply disappointed by this situation and are handling it internally,” Lea and Lee said. “The university and its athletics program are committed to creating and fostering a welcoming environment for all where differences are respected and all members of our community feel equal, valued and included. Please know that we reject antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms.”

A Twitter account named “StopAntisemitism” published a screenshot of Jackson’s comment from Facebook on Friday afternoon.

“Kanye is two steps ahead of everyone,” Jackson wrote. “He’s not crazy. People try to silence him because he thinks for himself. People don’t want that. Rappers and athletes are taught they need to think the same as the media/politicians. If they have an opinion that is opposite the mainstream, they’re called crazy. More people need to wake up and speak their mind.”

West has made multiple comments recently in support of unfounded conspiracy theories, some of which have involved Judaism or Jewish people. In an unaired portion of an interview with Fox News that was leaked to Vice last month, West claimed that Planned Parenthood was founded in conjunction with the Ku Klux Klan “to control the Jew population, … who the people known as the race Black really are.” In the same…

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