Oakland Athletic’s bench coach Ryan Christenson made a Nazi salute gesture twice last night during the game. Christenson made a stiff arm raised symbol after the A’s win against the Rangers.
Christenson issued an apology Friday morning and said that the symbol was not intentional.
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“I made a mistake and will not deny it. Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of COVID, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did was unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”
The A’s issued a statement, too, stating that the franchise “does not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it.”
Looking at the video, you can see three coaches lined up greeting players. Two of them used their elbows while Christenson extended his right arm while players dapped his elbow. After the final player tapped his elbow, Christenson did the symbol again walking to the dugout.
At this time, it doesn’t appear that Christenson will face any discipline.
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