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Navy, Army probes find no racism intent in hand gestures

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Hand gestures flashed by West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen during the televised Army-Navy football game were not racist signals, an internal military investigation has found.A Navy probe of the event found that the students were participating in a ‘sophomoric game’ called ‘the circle game’ on Saturday and had no racist intent. The game involves someone flashing an upside-down OK sign below the waist who punches anyone who looks at it. A statement released by the Army on Friday also rejected any racist overtones, saying the hand gestures were ‘not associated with ideologies or movements that are contrary to the Army values’. The Navy said officials are, however, disappointed in the immature behavior of the students and ‘their actions will be appropriately addressed’. +6 img id=”i-8bd2920e7e9656de” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/12/20/22/22511756-7815047-image-a-19_1576879949187.jpg” height=”357″ width=”634″ alt=”” class=”blkBorder img-share” / Copy link to paste in your message +6 img id=”i-111d9d0ce06a5622″ src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/12/20/22/22511754-7815047-image-a-20_1576879976535.jpg” height=”357″ width=”634″ alt=”” class=”blkBorder img-share” / Copy link to paste in your message West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen flash hand signs Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipLIVEMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:51FullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pNo compatible source was found for this video.Foreground—WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan—OpaqueSemi-OpaqueBackground—WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan—OpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindow—WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan—OpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyDefaultMonospace SerifProportional SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional Sans-SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDone There were no details about their exact punishment, but a Navy report on the investigation said the two midshipmen should face ‘administrative action’ for ‘failure to use good judgment’.Clips of the hand gestures by the students went viral on social media and immediately raised questions about whether they were using a ‘white power’ sign. But others suggested it was part of what’s called the ‘circle game’. The Navy said that reviews of the footage, more than two dozen interviews and background checks by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI determined that the two freshmen midshipmen were participating in the ‘circle game’ with West Point cadets. Share this article Share +6 img id=”i-814e32628a8a0eda” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/12/20/20/22510252-7815047-image-a-10_1576874855550.jpg” height=”615″ width=”634″ alt=”Clips of the hand gestures by the students went viral on social media and immediately raised questions about whether they were using a ‘white power’ sign” class=”blkBorder

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Date: January 17, 2020

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