French basketball star Tony Parker is taking flak for a neo-Nazi salute, just days after a fellow French athlete made waves over the same gesture.
Parker, point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, was called out this week by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for images and video depicting him giving the quenelle salute, considered a modern derivative on the notorious Nazi salute.
The gesture is made by lowering one arm and raising the other up over the chest.
Saturday, French soccer player Nicolas Anelka made headlines after making the salute during an English Premier League game. Anelka said it was in tribute to his friend, French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a notorious anti-Semite credited with coining the gesture.
Now, the SWC is speaking out against an image showing Parker standing with M’bala as both men make the salute.
“As a leading sports figure on both sides of the Atlantic, Parker has a special moral obligation to disassociate himself from a gesture that the government of France has identified as anti-Semitic,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Wiesenthal Center.
A video of Parker making the gesture can also be found on YouTube. In the clip, the basketball star is asked in French, “How big is [French President] Francois Hollande?” Parker responds by making what appears to be a quenelle salute.
The quenelle has gained in popularity in recent months, garnering an Instagram trend of posing at Holocaust memorials giving the salute.
The Spurs have yet to comment.