Officials: Poor judgment blamed for 'Hitler' play in football game

Greenwich Interim Superintendent Dr. Salvatore Corda stated in a letter that the team used the term

Greenwich Interim Superintendent Dr. Salvatore Corda stated in a letter that the team used the term "Hitler" at the start of a play to shift the offensive line to the right and the term "Stalin" to shift the line to the left. (10/17/16)

GREENWICH - The Anti-Defamation League said Monday that a lack of judgment led players on the Greenwich Freshman Football team to use the name "Hitler" during a play in a recent game.

The league determined it was poor judgment rather than an intentional slur on the part of the coaching staff during Thursday's game in Trumbull.

Greenwich Interim Superintendent Dr. Salvatore Corda stated in a letter that the team used the term "Hitler" at the start of a play to shift the offensive line to the right and the term "Stalin" to shift the line to the left.

According to Dr. Corda, "There is no defensible reason for using those two names." He says it was not intended to be anti-Semitic.

"It was a misplaced use of the term due to a lack of understanding of how it would impact people," says Steve Ginsburg, of the Anti-Defamation League. "This is not a situation where the students were fully aware of what the word was going to mean outside of football."

Corda says the coaching staff and administration have since apologized, and all coaches will be participating in sensitivity training provided by the Anti-Defamation League.

He says appropriate action has been taken by holding the coach accountable.

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