ADL Welcomes Apology From San Francisco 49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne

New York, NY, July 15, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed today’s apology from San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne for remarks he made via Twitter espousing the anti-Semitic myth that Jews killed Jesus.

Hayne, who is an ex-rugby star from Australia, noted in his apology that he has understood how his words “were hurtful to the Jewish community and this was not my intention” and subsequently removed the tweets after learning they were “incorrect.”

“We are glad that Jarryd Hayne now understands the horrific anti-Semitic history behind his post and why it was so insensitive and inappropriate,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “We are also heartened that in his apology he called on his fans to ‘accept people of all faiths,’ and hope he continues to educate himself about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry.

“This is a teachable moment,” Mr. Foxman added. “I have always believed that individuals have the ability to change their hearts and minds, and it is reassuring that Mr. Hayne took full responsibility for his remarks.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.