A former NFL player has been freely tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories amid a wave of celebrities spreading similar hate

  • A retired NFL player who previously played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins, has repeatedly tweeted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and misinformation to his 147,000 followers on his verified Twitter account.
  • Larry Johnson has spread the hateful conspiracy theory that a “Jewish cabal” is involved in human trafficking, pedophilia, murder, and child torture.
  • The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the non-governmental agency that fights anti-Semitic hate, condemned Johnson’s tweets. “It’s disturbing to see that this content has not been removed and we implore Twitter to review this decision through the lens of its own hateful conduct policies,” a representative for the ADL told Insider.
  • Johnson’s rhetoric follows centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews that have recently been spread by the likes of Nick Cannon, Ice Cube, and DeSean Jackson.

Former NFL player Larry Johnson has joined the growing group of celebrities with huge followings sharing anti-Semitic falsehoods and beliefs.

On Sunday, Johnson, who has more than 147,000 Twitter followers, tweeted an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that there is a “Jewish cabal” involved in human trafficking, murder, pedophilia, human sacrifice, and child torture. Specfiically, Johnson said that this imagined “Jewish cabal” performed better in those areas than African-Americans, calling that a racial disparity he was “proud” of.

Johnson was a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2003 to 2009, the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009, the Washington Redskins in 2010, and the Miami Dolphins for a portion of the 2011 season.

Read the article by Rachel E. Greenspan in Business Insider Australia.