NBA Player Sparks Rage with Holocaust Selfie

San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green in hot water after insensitive selfie photo at Berlin's Holocaust Memorial.

Ari Yashar ,

NBA player Danny Green
NBA player Danny Green
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NBA player Danny Green, a shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs squad that won the NBA Championships last season, sparked outrage on Wednesday for an insensitive "selfie" picture posted on Twitter and Instagram at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

The Spurs were playing Alba Berlin as part of the NBA Global Games. On the hardwood, Green scored nine points in a tight match that saw the Spurs lose 93-94.

But the real story happened before the game, during a team visit to the Holocaust Memorial during which Green posted a picture of himself at the site with the remarkable line: "You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust."

The flippant post was soon changed as the outrage began to grow, with the words "A lot of history here, more than you could imagine...very sad/tragic things happened #holocaust #berlin."

As the negative criticism continued to build, Green took down the picture altogether, posting instead the words "Yes, mistakes do happen." One witty user commented on the post: "'I made some mistakes, guys. My bad.' - Hitler".

Green continued with a flurry of apologetic posts, writing "I want to sincerely apologize for the insensitivity of my post!" "I have great respect n understanding for this country's history n wanted to continue chronicling my experience in Berlin," and "But showed poor judgement...sorry once again."

Green isn't the first NBA player to be embroiled in anti-Semitic controversy.

Last December NBA star Tony Parker - also with the Spurs - apologized after video surfaced showing the Belgian-born player making the anti-Semitic inverse Nazi salute known as the "quenelle."




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