SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 8th August, 2020 16:49 IST Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 16:49 IST Oakland Coach Ryan Christenson Apologises After “unintentional” Nazi Salute Gesture Oakland coach Ryan Christenson faced heavy criticism from fans after he unintentionally did a Nazi salute after Thursday’s win 6-4 win over the Rangers. 8 months ago Tannehill’s playoff debut comes against the Patriots’ Brady The Oakland A’s released a similar statement where they defended their bench coach for his actions. They noted that neither the coach nor the organisation supports or condones such offensive gestures or the “racist sentiment behind them.” “We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field,” the Athletics wrote. Also Read | Tigers Outslug Pirates 17-13 In 11 Innings After LayoffRyan Christenson Nazi salute video spurs social media backlash for A’s coachAfter the video first appeared on social media, it quickly became a hot talking point, with fans demanding Christenson should be fired by the MLB for his racist gesture. For most fans, the Oakland coach’s apology was barely a retribution for the damages already occurred. Sujay Chakraborty Ryan Christenson, a former MLB player himself, has been working as the bench coach at the Athletics under manager Bob Melvin since the 2018 MLB season. He played six seasons in Major League Baseball between 1998 and 2003, including three with the Athletics. After retiring, Christenson began managing Oakland Athletics’ minor league farm system before his call-up to the big league. Also Read | Murphy Drives In 4, Rockies Keep Rolling, Beat M’s 8-4Also Read | Padres Beat Dbacks 3-0 Behind Davies, Three Solo Homers(Image Credits: Oakland Athletic Twitter Handle, MLB Official Website) Christenson has since issued an official apology, where he admitted to having made a mistake by greeting players with an offensive gesture. The 46-year-old, however, insisted it was not his intent to make that gesture and that his actions were purely “unintentional.” Christenson explained the offensive gesture was a result of him adapting his postgame celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I made a mistake and will not deny it. Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive,” Christenson said in the statement. “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.” Also Read | Trout Homers Again On Birthday, But Angels Fall To Rangers FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson was subject to a major backlash from fans after he was captured gesturing with a Nazi salute following the Athletics’ 6-4 win over Texas Rangers on Thursday. Christenson was caught raising a stiff arm above his head – similar to that of a Nazi salute – before he elbow bumped his players during the postgame celebration. WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE
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