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Jonathan Allen, a defensive tackle for the NFL’s Washington team said in an offensive Tweet on Wednesday that if he had a choice he’d break bread with Adolf Hitler.

Removing the post soon after receiving immense backlash from the Jewish community, Allen, who was drafted by the newly renamed Washington Commanders in 2017, opened up in an “ask me anything” tweet, where a fan asked him who were the three people, dead or alive, he wanted to dine with. He listed his grandfather, Hitler, and the late pop star Michael Jackson.

Source: Jane Coaston (Twitter)

After he shared his response, the same questioner asked him why Hitler and Allen said, “He’s a military genius and I love military tactics but honestly I would want to pick his brain as to why he did what he did. I’m also assuming that the people I’ve chosen have to answer all my questions honestly.”

This statement set off a Twitter storm and users bashed Allen for being insensitive in making such a heinous choice. He then responded to one of his Jewish fans who was offended by the post, saying “I’m sorry I offended you that definitely was not my attention, I was just answering a question,” he said. 

Later he tweeted a more widespread apology, writing, “Early I tweeted something that probably hurt people and I apologize about what I said. I didn’t express properly what I was trying to say and I realize it was dumb!”

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