A's Bench Coach Ryan Christenson Inexplicably Does The Nazi Salute During Game

A's Bench Coach Ryan Christenson Inexplicably Does The Nazi Salute During Game

While greeting triumphant players back into the dugout after the final out, Christenson fixed his arm in a Nazi salute.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the situation started when Christenson was near the A's dugout following Oakland's 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

As closer Liam Hendriks walked toward the home dugout following his save, Christenson waited for him with his arm locked upward.

"I made a mistake and will not deny it", he said in a statement released by the team. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and disgusting salute that I do not believe in.

"What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize", Christenson said in a statement.

"We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it", the baseball team said.

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"We are deeply sorry this happened on our playing field", the team wrote.

Christenson says he received a call from Oakland's general manager David Forst about the situation and knew exactly what the call would be about before he picked up. Hendriks forcibly moved the coach's arm down as he passed before Christenson again struck the position on his way off the field.

This all comes just a month after open anti-Semitism became a topic of public discourse in other sports.

Christenson, 46, has been with the Athletics since 2018.

Christenson said he repeated the gesture because he was telling Hendriks he realized he was making a Nazi salute. "I've been running in far away from the line with my arm outstretched, too".

Missing from the apologies is the acknowledgement that the salute, whether it was intentional or not, is an anti-semitic gesture that is wildly offensive to many people, but especially those of Jewish heritage and faith.

I do not believe after six years in the majors and a lengthy coaching career Ryan Christenson suddenly decided it would be fun to celebrate a win with a Nazi salute. "I absolutely apologize for everything".

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