Greenwich (Conn.) official apologizes for football play called 'Hitler'

Greenwich High School (Photo: Facebook)

Greenwich High School (Photo: Facebook)

GREENWICH, Conn.  — The headmaster of a Greenwich high school has apologized after its football team named one of its plays “Hitler.”

Chris Winters, of Greenwich High School, issued the apology. He called the designation offensive and said the practice has been stopped.

A Trumbull mother tells the Connecticut Post her son’s freshman football team was playing Greenwich on Thursday when the players charged onto the field shouting “Hitler.” Debbie Levison said the signal for the play was an index finger laid across the upper lip.

Coach James Briggs looked me in the eye and confirmed that they do indeed use a play called Hitler,” Levison told the newspaper. “I repeated it back to him twice to verify that we were being utterly accurate.”

The football team and coaches met with the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League to make sure they understand why it was offensive. The school also reached out to the local Jewish community.

“This is a situation where education is needed,” ADL Executive Director Steve Ginsburg told the Post. “There was a lack of understanding. This is not a situation where there was any intent to intimidate, or anti-Semitism or anything like that.”

Contributing: USA TODAY High School Sports