Ryan Braun’s Jewiness

The news that “Hebrew Hammer” Ryan Braun has been suspended for using da juice while playing America’s favorite pastime apparently has gotten the Jew haters all riled up.

The Huffington Post has compiled a list of “The 10 Most Anti-Semitic Reactions To The Ryan Braun Suspension On Twitter.” Here’s my favorite:

Of course Ryan Braun took steroids. He’s a Jew, and last I checked, sports aren’t really their thing. — Tyler Winslett (@TylerWinslett1)

What is it about anti-Semites and Wisconsin?

The irony here is that though Braun, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, has been embraced by Jews, he apparently doesn’t consider himself Jewish. (I know, I know: We should have copped up to it earlier, when he actually was a hero.)

Here’s USA Today reported about the matter on Aug. 28, 2007:

Joe Braun was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and came to the U.S.A. at age 7. Diane was raised Catholic in Van Nuys, Calif, Ryan was not raised Jewish and never had a bar mitzvah, but suddenly he’s hearing from Jewish organizations claiming him as their own.

“He’s totally not Jewish,” Diane says, “I heard some organization started called him, “The Hebrew Hammer.” I said, ‘Oh no.’ My mother would be rolling over in her grave if she heard that.”

“Ryan [Diane says] is proud that people want to claim him now, but where were they before? You know how that stuff works.”

h/t Interfaithfamily.com

Uriel Heilman is JTA’s managing editor, responsible for coordinating JTA’s editorial team. He re-joined JTA in 2007 after a stint doing independent reporting in Israel and the Arab world. Before that, he served as New York bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post. An award-winning journalist, he has served as JTA’s news editor and worked as a reporter for a variety of publications in the United States and in Israel.