Oakland A's Bench Coach Ryan Christenson Apologizes for Nazi Salute During Game

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2020

Hendriks forcibly moved the coach's arm down as he passed before Christenson again struck the position on his way off the field.

This elbow salute was a surefire oversight by Christenson he has apologized for, hopefully closing the book on a greeting that obviously has no place in the game.

But as two of the coaches bent their arms to do elbow bumps with players (a celebration that has been adopted to follow coronavirus protocols), Christenson was filmed raising his right arm into a Nazi salute.

"I apologize for everything", the coach told Slusser. "I don't know what more to say". Christenson said he adapted the team's elbow bump, which players have used instead of a high-five, in order to create more distance with the players. I'm sure it looks awful.

"My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and disgusting salute that I do not believe in", he continued.

In a statement Thursday, Christenson said he was attempting to adapt the elbow bump gesture that the team does instead of high-fives and it "unintentionally resulted in a racist and terrible salute that I do not believe in".

Christenson told San Francisco Chronicle beat reporter Susan Slusser that general manager David Forst called him after the game to ask about the gesture. "What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize".

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

The team said in the statement they were deeply sorry over the incident.

There's a troubling and risky strain of casual anti-semitism that seems to be running through our country and one that many don't want to acknowledge or appropriately deal with.

The A's released a statement condemning his gesture late Thursday night. He made a mistake -a very, very bad one -and the response hasn't been proportional. What would really make a difference, to the Jewish community and many more, is Christenson committing to learning from his mistake.

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