A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson says he did not intend Nazi salute after recreation

After video emerged of A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson elevating a stiff proper arm above his head twice following the workforce’s win Thursday over the Rangers, Christenson mentioned he didn’t deliberately make a Nazi salute.

As nearer Liam Hendriks walked towards the house dugout following his save, Christenson waited for him along with his arm locked upward. Hendriks forcibly moved the coach’s arm down as he handed earlier than Christenson once more struck the place on his approach off the sector.

Christenson advised San Francisco Chronicle beat reporter Susan Slusser that common supervisor David Forst referred to as him after the sport to ask concerning the gesture. Christenson mentioned he understood his movement “appears to be like horrible.”

“Clearly I wasn’t doing that deliberately,” Christenson advised Slusser. “I simply blacked out, my thoughts wasn’t there and I spaced out. I am positive it appears to be like horrible. I did it but it surely was not intentional. I don’t know what extra to say.”

Christenson mentioned, “Clearly I wasn’t doing that deliberately. I simply blacked out, my thoughts wasn’t there and I spaced out. I’m positive it appears to be like horrible. I did it but it surely was not intentional. I don’t know what extra to say.”

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 7, 2020

“I am cringing inside picturing myself,” Christenson mentioned. “After all I am sorry for it – it is like standing there with my center finger up. Anybody ought to know higher.”

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 7, 2020

Hendriks is thought to have fun with teammates following saves through the use of a chop handshake, however what Christenson did doesn’t align with the mechanics of the gesture.

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Christenson, in his third season as Oakland’s bench coach, was thought of a candidate for a number of vacant managerial positions this previous offseason.

The A’s have but to reply to a request for remark about Christenson’s postgame gesture.

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