Jonathan Allen apologizes for wanting to dine with 'military genius' Hitler for a fantasy meal

Jonathan Allen explained in a tweet that he wasn't trying to offer Hitler 'props,' but rather to explain why he believes Hitler would be intriguing


                            Jonathan Allen apologizes for wanting to dine with 'military genius' Hitler for a fantasy meal
Jonathan Allen #93 of the Washington Football Team warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on October 31, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)
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NFL star Jonathan Allen, a defensive tackle for the Washington Commanders, has apologized after sharing on Twitter that he would invite Adolf Hitler to his fantasy meal in a now-deleted message. The apology comes after the 27-year-old attended a Twitter Q&A with his fans. ''[Earlier] 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,” Allen stated in his apology.

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For the second time in his career, Allen was recognized as a nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton ‘Man of the Year Award’ last year December. The Commanders, on the other hand, failed to enter the playoffs this season after a dismal 7-10 record. Earlier, a fan, going by the internet handle Nick Chappell, asked the former Alabama athlete, “You can have dinner with three people, dead or alive. Who are you inviting?” Coming to more positive news from the NFL, Super Bowl LVI is just days away and one heartwarming piece of info is that the halftime show at the SoFi Stadium will make history on February 13, when two deaf rappers will perform in ASL. Dr. Dre will be joined by Sean Forbes and Warren Snipe when he performs at the show, making them the first sign language interpreters to appear in the show's 55-year history. In January, Tom Brady surprised a 10-year-old cancer survivor with tickets to the match.

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Allen replied, “My grandad, Hitler, and Michael Jackson.” Surprised by the unexpected response, the follower said, “2 of the 3 I understand. But please explain Hitler?” NFL star responded, “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.” 

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Allen, a first-round choice in the 2017 NFL Draft, sparked outrage among his fans and others on social media. He then explained in a tweet that he wasn't trying to offer Hitler "props," but rather to explain why he believes a [talk] with Hitler would be intriguing. He added, “He's easily one if not the most evil persons to have ever lived but this was a hypothetical question.” 

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Jared Muskovitz, a sports enthusiast with Jewish heritage on Twitter claimed that he was  'unbelievably hurt' by Allen's claims. He wrote, "Dude. Hitler? What the ACTUAL F***? Do you have any inkling as to how unbelievably hurtful it is to hear for a Jewish kid who likes football that YOU WANNA HAVE A MEAL WITH HITLER?" Allen responded, "I'm sorry I offended you that definitely was not my [intention]. I was just answering a question." 

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