Cadets Did Not Make White Supremacist Gestures at Army-Navy Game

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On Friday, the U.S. Military Academy announced that an internal investigation had concluded that the OK-sign hand gestures displayed by West Point cadets and Navy Academy midshipmen during the Navy-Army football game were a result of the popular “circle game,” and not white supremacy.

“We investigated this matter thoroughly,” Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, the school’s superintendent, said in a statement. “Last Saturday we had reason to believe these actions were an innocent game and not linked to extremism, but we must take allegations such as these very seriously.”

A separate investigation by the U.S. Naval Academy found the same conclusion, that there was no racist intent.

“The Naval Academy is fully committed to preparing young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps; in this case, we recognize there is more work to be done,” Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck said.

The hand gestures were caught on camera during the ESPN broadcast of the annual game, which was attended by President Trump. The investigation made the predictable and obvious conclusion that the hand gestures were a result of the popular game.