New York, NY, July 13, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on an Australian rugby star who tweeted the age-old anti-Semitic myth that Jews killed Jesus to “understand the pain he has caused to Jews” and apologize for his words.
Jarryd Hayne, an Australian rugby star who is currently trying to make a transition to the National Football League as a potential member of the San Francisco 49ers, sent a tweet on July 1 that said, “Jesus wanted to help people but was killed by his own people.” The following day he followed up with a second tweet that stated, “The Jews were the people who took him to the Romans n forced them to give the order because they couldn’t.”
Both tweets have since been expunged. Hayne has not tweeted an apology and has not spoken out about the comments since then.
"Clearly Jarryd Hayne needs an education," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The notion that ‘Jews killed Christ’ has fueled more than 2,000 years of anti-Semitism and violence and is still one of the more widely believed anti-Semitic tropes. This was irresponsible on his part, and I’m not sure he understands the pain he has caused or the impact of his words. I hope that Hayne will use this as an opportunity to learn about the roots of anti-Semitism and make clear to his thousands of fans around the world that anti-Semitism is unacceptable, both in sports and in society at large."