Service academies investigating hand gestures made by students on College GameDay before Army-Navy game
The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are investigating hand gestures made by students during Saturday’s College GameDay broadcast, which may be viewed as a symbol for White Power.
During the pregame broadcast on Saturday, students appeared to make a hand symbol that is associated with White Power. The gesture is also used in the “circle game,” a childish prank where someone is punched in the shoulder if they look at the symbol.
According to USA Today, both academies are looking into the situation following an eruption on social media about the gesture. A spokesperson for West Point said the academy “did not know the Cadets’ intent” with the symbol.
Below is the video of the incident:
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According to USA Today, the Anti-Defamation League added the “OK” symbol as a gesture of hate in September. A handful of students were spotted making the gesture in the video.
Navy defeated Army 31-7 in Saturday’s football game.