Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell apologized Friday for inappropriate tweets, including a link to a Holocaust denial video.
The apology was made in a joint statement by the CFL Players Association and Bnai Brith Canada.
I wholeheartedly apologize to all those who I know I let down by posting those videos, especially those who look up to me as a professional athlete, Mitchell said. I fell into a trap by watching that video and I hope others can learn from my very public mistake.
This is a learning moment for me.
Mitchell agreed to work with Bnai Brith, a Jewish human rights organization, to educate myself about this and other human rights matters.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native had talks with Bnai Brith chief executive officer Michael Mostyn as well as with the CFL, the CFLPA and the Alouettes after news broke Thursday of a series of posts on Twitter dealing with Israel, including one with a link to a video called The Greatest Lie Ever Told, the Holocaust.
I have come to see that he is a very genuine individual who truly did not comprehend the deceptive nature of this vile video, said Mostyn.
CFLPA president Scott Flory added: We hope that people will accept his apology and we support him on his journey to become a positive force.
Mitchell was fined undisclosed amounts by the CFL and the Alouettes for violating the leagues social media policy. Flory said the league fine will be donated to a charity of the players choice.
The six-foot-six lineman signed with Montreal last season from the B.C. Lions. He was a CFL all-star in 2011.
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Defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell has been fined undisclosed amounts by the Canadian Football League and the Montreal Alouettes for inappropriate posts on Twitter, including a link to a holocaust denial video.
CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said Mitchell violated the leagues social media policy.
There is absolutely no place in our league for commentary used to divide or disparage others along the lines of sex, race, religion or sexual orientation, Orridge said in a statement.
While we acknowledge that players have a right to hold and express their own opinions, in no circumstance do we condone activity or comments that are derogatory or inappropriate, putting the Leagues reputation in question and we feel Mr. Mitchells recent posts on social media have violated these principles.
Alouettes president and CEO Mark Weightman said the team denounced Mitchells online posts.
His postings are disappointing and in no way reflect the opinions and values of the Montreal Alouettes Football Club, said Weightman. His postings were completely unacceptable and the Alouettes apologize to anyone who was offended by them.
He said the team fined Mitchell the maximum allowed under CFL rules, also for violating the teams social media policy.
Bnai Brith Canada alerted the Alouettes and the league to a series of tweets sent recently by Mitchell. It said Mitchells Twitter feed was replete with bizarre postings and outlandish conspiracy theories, comparisons of police officers to the Ku Klux Klan and hateful videos denying the Holocaust.
As an all-star and role model for Canadian youth, Mr. Mitchell should not be sending out divisive and hateful tweets under the banner of the Montreal Alouettes organization, said Michael Mostyn, CEO of Bnai Brith Canada. Mr. Mitchell has a history of posting wacky and offensive tweets.
In 2012 the CFL fined Mitchell an undisclosed amount for violating the leagues social media policy for using derogatory terms against people of Chinese descent.
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Holocaust Denial – The Huffington Post
Holocaust denial is the act of denying the genocide of Jews in the Holocaust during World War II. Holocaust denial includes any of the following claims: that Nazi Germany’s Final Solution policy aimed only at deporting Jews from the Reich, and included no policy to exterminate Jews; that Nazi authorities did not use extermination camps and gas chambers to mass murder Jews; and that the actual number of Jews killed was significantly (typically an order of magnitude) lower than the historically accepted figure of 5 to 6 million. Scholars use the term “denial” to describe the views and methodology of Holocaust deniers in order to distinguish them from legitimate historical revisionists, who challenge orthodox interpretations of history using established historical methodologies. Holocaust deniers generally do not accept the term denial as an appropriate description of their activities, and use the term revisionism instead. The methodologies of Holocaust deniers are based on a predetermined conclusion that ignores overwhelming historical evidence to the contrary. Most Holocaust denial claims imply, or openly state, that the Holocaust is a hoax arising out of a deliberate Jewish conspiracy to advance the interest of Jews at the expense of other peoples. For this reason, Holocaust denial is considered to be an antisemitic conspiracy theory, is frequently criticized, and is illegal in several countries. Holocaust deniers prefer to refer to their work as historical revisionism, and object to being referred to as “deniers”. Scholars consider this misleading, since the methods of Holocaust denial differ from those of legitimate historical revision. Legitimate historical revisionism is explained in a resolution adopted by the Duke University History Department, November 8, 1991, and reprinted in Duke Chronicle, November 13, 1991 in response to an advertisement produced by Bradley R Smith’s Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust: That historians are constantly engaged in historical revision is certainly correct; however, what historians do is very different from this advertisement. Historical revision of major events …
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The mass extermination of the Jews and other undesirables at the hands of the Nazis during World War II is referred to as the Holocaust. It has become a symbol of evil in our time
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What is Holocaust denial and distortion? Holocaust denial is an attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. Key denial assertions are: that the murder of approximately six million Jews during World War II never occurred; that the Nazis had no official policy or intention to exterminate the Jews; and that the poison gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp never existed
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WHAT IS HOLOCAUST DENIAL? The Holocaust is one of the best documented events in history.
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One of the most notable anti-Semitic propaganda movements to develop over the past two decades has been the organized effort to deny or minimize the established history of Nazi genocide against the Jews.
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Holocaust Denial is an Anti-Semitic propaganda movement active in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe that seeks to deny the reality of the Nazi regime’s systematic mass murder of six million Jews during World War II. It generally depicts historical accounts of this genocide as propaganda, generated by a Jewish, or “Zionist,” conspiracy
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