NFL star apologizes amid backlash over 'dumb' tweet suggesting he'd like to have dinner with 'military genius' Hitler

NFL star apologizes amid backlash over 'dumb' tweet suggesting he'd like to have dinner with 'military genius' Hitler
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An NFL star has issued a brief apology after creating a Twitter firestorm with his doting remarks about Hitler. According to HuffPost, Washington Commanders' defensive tackle Jonathan Allen was hit with an onslaught of critical responses after he praised Adolph Hitler.

The problem began on Wednesday, February 9 when Allen participated in a Twitter Q&A. The famed football player was asked to share the names of three important people he'd be interested in having dinner with. His response: "his grandfather, Hitler and Michael Jackson."

Perplexed, the Twitter user who asked the question also asked Allen to explain the reason why he chose Hitler. In a now-deleted series of tweets, Allen lauded the German dictator describing him as a "military genius."

“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,” Allen answered. “I’m also assuming that the people I’ve chosen have to answer my questions honestly.”

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The football player was immediately hit with critical responses as Twitter users relentlessly mocked him for his mind-blowing remarks.

Despite his attempt to explain his remarks, Allen ultimately shared another tweet apologizing for his gaffe. “Early I tweeted something that probably hurt people and I apologize about what I said,” Allen wrote. “I didn’t express properly what I was trying to say and I realize it was dumb!”

Allen's latest debacle is one of many the NFL team has faced over the last several weeks. On February 9, reports began surfacing about the scandal involving Commanders' owner, Dan Snyder. The billionaire businessman has been accused of sexual harassment by former Washington cheerleader and current marketing manager, Tiffani Johnson.

Back in December, Commanders' safety Deshazor Everett was formally charged with involuntary manslaughter following the fatal car accident that claimed the life of his girlfriend.

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