Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson has apologized after making a gesture which the Main League Baseball group mentioned “appeared like a Nazi salute” following Thursday’s 6-Four victory over the Texas Rangers.
Christenson raised his arm to make the gesture as gamers walked off the sector. Nearer Liam Hendriks pushed Christenson’s hand down and bumped his forearm, earlier than the 46-year-old coach rotated and raised his arm a second time.
“I made a mistake and won’t deny it,” Christenson mentioned in a press release posted to Twitter.
“At this time within the dugout I greeted gamers with a gesture that was offensive. On the planet at the moment of Covid, I tailored our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create a long way with the gamers.
“My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I don’t consider in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”
Christenson clarified the gesture was unintentional to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Clearly I wasn’t doing that deliberately,” he said. “I simply blacked out, my thoughts wasn’t there and I spaced out. I’m positive it seems horrible. I did it, however it was not intentional. I don’t know what extra to say.”
The group mentioned within the assertion they have been deeply sorry over the incident.
“That is extremely offensive, particularly in these instances once we as a membership and so many different are working to show and handle racial inequities in our nation,” they mentioned.
Christenson, 46, performed eight main league seasons with the Athletics, Diamondbacks, Brewers and Rangers, then joined Oakland as a bench coach in 2018.