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Vanderbilt assistant Dan Jackson apologizes for praising Kanye West after antisemitic comments

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Vanderbilt quarterbacks coach Dan Jackson apologized Friday for a Facebook comment praising Kanye West for his recent spate of anti-Semitic comments in which he said the rapper was “two steps ahead of everyone.”

In a Twitter apology, the assistant coach called his comment “careless” and affirmed that anti-Semitism has no place in society.

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Jackson’s full apology:

“I want to sincerely apologize for the recent comments I made on social media. While I certainly did not intend to offend, my wording was sloppy and it was unwise to jump into such a discussion without full context. My comments are in no way reflective of our program or university and I take full responsibility for my words and will learn from this experience in the future.

“To be clear, anti-Semitism has no place in our society and I reject all forms of hatred. I am embarrassed by my mistake but proud to work in 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.”

The comment in question was posted on Thursday in response to a post complaining about the retaliation that West, who legally goes by the name “Ye”, received for several weeks of anti-Semitic commentsincluding a tweet that he’s going to “Death Con 3 [sic]about the Jewish people.

West saw a number of consequences for this behavior, most notably the termination of a deal with Adidas worth about $1.5 billion.

The comment that sent Jackson into a stupor:

“Kanye is two steps ahead of everyone. He’s not crazy. People try to silence him because he thinks for himself. have an opinion that is opposite to the mainstream, they are called crazy. More people should wake up and speak their mind.”

non-profit watchdog drew attention to Jackson’s comments on Friday afternoon, posting a screenshot of the comments and asking if Jackson believes West’s claim that Jews control the world.

Jackson, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, is spending his first season as a defensive coach with Vanderbilt under head coach Clark Lee. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant in Northern Illinois for two seasons and eight seasons at the FCS power plant in South Dakota.

NASHVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the Vanderbilt Commodores helmet during a game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Vanderbilt Commodores on September 10, 2022 at FirstBank Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Dan Jackson of Vanderbilt praised Kanye West for being “two steps ahead of everyone” following a series of anti-Semitic statements from rappers. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


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