Sport Army ditched a team slogan after discovering it had white supremacist origins

02:15  06 december  2019
02:15  06 december  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Earlier this season, Army coach Jeff Monken immediately removed a team flag and slogan that he had used for camaraderie after learning of its controversial origins . Army dropped motto of white supremacist origin .

The Army football program removed a slogan from merchandise and a team flag earlier this year after administrators were told the phrase originated with white supremacist The flag had not been used by recent teams , and Monken decided to bring it back to try to inspire camaraderie among his players.

The Army football team stopped using a team slogan after it learned the phrase had white supremacist origins.

The flag that was discontinued at Army this season. The skull has the acronym for © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The flag that was discontinued at Army this season. The skull has the acronym for "God forgives, brothers don't" above its teeth. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The team had been using the “God forgives, brothers don’t” slogan and even had the acronym of the phrase on a flag that it carried out onto the field before games. But it quietly stopped using the slogan and flag after finding it had connection to the Aryan Brotherhood.

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From ESPN:

Athletic director Mike Buddie said head football coach Jeff Monken addressed the team in September after learning about the phrase's roots and told them it would immediately be removed from the program. According to Buddie, Monken was "mortified" and planned to use the entire instance as a "teaching moment" for his players.

"It's embarrassing, quite frankly," said Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. "... We take stuff like this very, very seriously. Once I found out about this goofiness, I asked one of our most senior colonels to investigate."

School found no ill-intent in phrase’s initial adoption

The investigation that Williams referenced didn’t find any malicious intent in the phrase’s usage by the team, according to ESPN’s report. The slogan had initially been adopted after a group of past players had watched the Brian Bosworth movie "Stone Cold” and heard the phrase.

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The phrase hadn’t been used as a slogan until Monken and his staff found the flag after they were hired in 2014 and put it back in use.

Army, 5-7, has one more game in 2019. It plays Navy on Dec. 14.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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