Hitler Image on Scoreboard Prompts Apology by MSU

University blames outside content provider for quiz image
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2023 8:00 AM CDT
Hitler Image on Scoreboard Prompts Apology by MSU
Michigan players celebrate after defeating Michigan State Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in East Lansing, Mich. Before the game, the scoreboard featured an image of Hitler, for which MSU apologized.   (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan State showed Adolf Hitler's image as part of a pregame quiz on videoboards before playing No. 2 Michigan on Saturday night, and later apologized for the content provided by an outside source. Hitler and Austria, his birthplace, flashed on the videoboards long enough for some on social media to share what was seen by fans more than an hour before kickoff, per the AP.

"MSU is aware that inappropriate content by a third-party source was displayed on the videoboard prior to the start of tonight's football game," spokesman Matt Larson said. "We are deeply sorry for the content that was displayed, as this is not representative of our institutional values. MSU will not be using the third-party source going forward and will implement stronger screening and approval procedures for all videoboard content in the future." The pregame quiz provides content well before games on videoboards. MSU was routed 49-0 by arch-rival Michigan in the ensuing game, per SB Nation.

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