A's Bob Melvin – Ryan Christenson's show of Nazi salute 'not his …


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A’s supervisor Bob Melvin voiced strengthen for bench coach Ryan Christenson and said he believes it was once now not Christenson’s intent to show a Nazi salute after Thursday’s activity in Oakland.

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A telecast showed Christenson within the postgame handshake line prolong his right arm with palm facing downward previous to nearer Liam Hendriks bent his elbow. Christenson later apologized and mentioned the gesture used to be as soon as unintended.

“i didn’t see it on the time, and that i saw it later,” Melvin said on a video name with newshounds Friday previous to the A’s game against Houston. “Ryan Christenson is actually supported by way of all and sundry in our clubhouse. They remember who he’s. So do I. obviously, it didn’t seem to be nice. alternatively that used to be now not his intent the least bit. i know that for a fact.”

A's Bob Melvin: Ryan Christenson's show of Nazi salute 'no longer his …

Melvin described Christenson as “very revolutionary as a person” and said “everyone feels bad for him in the intervening time as a result of they comprehend who he is.” Melvin mentioned the team of workers held a brief assembly to talk about the incident Friday.

“Nothing needed to be cleared,” Melvin stated. “each particular person helps him. every particular person is privy to who ‘Rino’ is. It was once as soon as an awfully brief meeting.”

prior Friday, A’s outfielder Mark Canha said he believes Christenson “by chance” made the gesture after the A’s win over the Texas Rangers. Canha said he does no longer think about Christenson must face self-discipline over the incident. Melvin said he had not heard from any individual with main League Baseball regarding the incident: “and i don’t predict to.”

“I have in mind there’s a large number of criticism being pointed at Ryan at the moment,” Canha said. For the 2 years he’s known Christenson, Canha talked about he’s been “overly respectful and overly politically perfect and overly professional within the clubhouse.”

“That’s at all times been one factor that has in reality stood out about his persona. So if there’s one thing you wish to find out about Ryan Christenson, it’s that,” he talked about. “and that i absolutely imagine that this was unintended.”

Canha mentioned he was as soon as unaware of the location excluding late Thursday when a video clip of Christenson was circulating on social media.

“My preliminary reaction is like, if you happen to see his response to Liam bending his arm to point out him, ‘hi there, you wish to have to bend your arm at the same time as you do this,’ you’ll be able to in finding he’s caught off-guard and realizes what he’s performed and it wasn’t intentional in any respect must you’re studying the body language of it,” stated Canha. “i consider he merely more or less slipped and he didn’t have in mind what he did fast.”

Hendriks has celebrated wins with teammates with a chop-motion forearm bump due to the fact final season. On Thursday, Christenson informed The Chronicle that with Hendriks coming near in the postgame line he was once on the point of do the forearm chop. “alternatively he was once staying far from me,” underneath bodily distancing protocols, Christenson talked about, “so my arm was in the market.” Hendriks is thought of as at-chance throughout the coronavirus pandemic as a result of an autoimmune liver disorder.

“He mentioned, ‘No, no straight arm, don’t do that,’” Christenson knowledgeable The Chronicle. “clearly, I was once once no longer doing that deliberately. It was simply unlucky.”

After Hendriks handed, Christenson turned into and pointed at Hendriks after which in short repeated the gesture. Christenson informed The Chronicle: “That was me turning and asserting, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what I did, isn’t it?’ … I’m cringing within picturing myself like that.”

Canha stated that in his expertise, whereas discuss in clubhouse environments can also be “off-colour at times,” Christenson “edges on the opposite excessive of that in in the hunt for to be, like i discussed, merely totally knowledgeable and truly cautious in reality of what he does and says inside the clubhouse.”

“i imagine that that is merely an unlucky issue that we’re acknowledging is wrong,” Canha talked about. “We’re now not in the hunt for to brush it beneath the rug, we’re no longer trying to brush it off. we’re completely acknowledging that he made a mistake and it was once as soon as unintentional and it was as soon as totally accidental.”

Chronicle team of workers author Susan Slusser contributed to this file.

Matt Kawahara covers the A’s for the San Francisco Chronicle. email: [email protected] Twitter: @matthewkawahara