Baseball fans are outraged after Oakland A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson was caught on TV raising his arm in the Nazi salute.
After the team’s 6-4 win against the Texas Rangers late Thursday, Christenson, 46, was waiting with two other members of the team to congratulate players as they walked off the field. While the others held out their elbows to give players an "elbow bump," Christenson was seen raising his arm straight out in front of him.
A’s closer Liam Hendriks quickly pulled Christenson’s arm down.
As Christenson walks away, he can be seen laughing and briefly extending his arm out once again.
Many fans online have called for Christenson to be fired.
Christenson told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was trying to do a "karate chop" gesture.
Christenson has since apologized, writing in a statement, "I made a mistake and will not deny it...My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize."
In a statement Thursday night, the team wrote: "We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it. This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country. We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field."