Military officials investigate alleged use of “white power” handguns during a live broadcast of Saturday’s Army-Navy game after a video clip of at least two captains and a midshipman flashing the embossed OK symbol behind Davis on ESPN.
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“We’re looking at that,” said West Point spokesman Chris Ophardt. “I don’t know what their intentions are.”
While gesture has recently been linked to white supremacy, it is also used in the “circles game”, in which the person making the hand symbol tries to trick someone into looking at it. If the face appears, take a punch on the shoulder.
The game is played in the popular TV series Malcolm in the Middle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glTOFPECNI [/ embed]
West Point and Annapolis officials will determine whether the gestures were used as part of the game or motivated by racism.
Earlier this week, West Point said the slogan for his flag group was removed in September after his association with racism. From the Wall Street Journal:
“The United States Military Academy has stripped a slogan from the flag of the football club because of its association with hate groups,” the Academy said on Sunday. Since the mid-1990s, the Black Knights Army football team in West Point has been using a flag with a skull and crossbows and “GFBD”, which means “God forgive, brothers don’t do it,” the academy said. and the team used the slogan until academy officials learned that the phrase was linked to extremist groups.
President Donald Trump, who was accused of encouraging racist behavior during his first term, took the field for the ritual coin tossing a hat bearing “Keep America Great”.
The Navy defeated Army 31-7.