Military and Navy probing ‘white energy’ hand indicators at soccer recreation


PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — The Military and Navy academies are trying into hand indicators flashed by college students that may be related to “white energy” and have been televised in the course of the Military-Navy soccer recreation on Saturday, faculty officers stated.

Cadets at West Level and midshipmen on the Naval Academy within the stands each appeared to show the signal in the course of the broadcast, officers with the 2 navy academies advised The Wall Avenue Journal. The gesture was seen throughout an ESPN broadcast section.

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College officers try to find out what the hand indicators have been meant to convey, they stated.

“We’re trying into it,” Lt. Col. Chris Ophardt, a spokesperson for the U.S. Navy Academy at West Level in New York, advised the Journal. “I don’t know what their intention is.”

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“We’re conscious and shall be trying into it,” stated Cmdr. Alana Garas, a spokesperson for the US Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Pentagon didn’t instantly reply to the Journal’s request for remark.

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The hand signal is much like the one usually used to point “OK,” however the Anti-Defamation League says it has these days been used as an extremist meme, partially due to its ambiguity.

US Coast Guard leaders final yr reprimanded an officer who used an identical hand signal throughout a tv broadcast.

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US President Donald Trump watches the sport with members of the Navy in the course of the Military-Navy soccer recreation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 14, 2019. (Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

The annual recreation was attended by US President Donald Trump, Pentagon Chief Mark Esper and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, Gen. Mark Milley. The president was on the sector for the coin toss.

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US President Donald Trump tosses the coin earlier than the Military v. Navy American Soccer recreation in Philadelphia on December 14, 2019. (Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

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The gang cheered as Trump walked off the sector after the nationwide anthem. He placed on a crimson Preserve America Nice hat.

Trump emerged in the course of the first half and sat on the Military aspect of the sector, close to the 50-yard line. There have been sporadic shouts of “Trump!” and “Let’s go Trump!”

He crossed the sector to the Navy aspect for the second half and left within the third quarter to return to Washington for a night fundraiser at his lodge.

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