College football coach suspended after saying he'd have dinner with Adolf Hitler
Morris Berger was just named to the position of offensive coordinator at Grand Valley State University on Jan. 20, but now he’s already been suspended indefinitely.
The issue? Berger was asked in an interview with the Grand Valley State student newspaper which 3 historical figures he’d most want to have dinner with. He started by listing Adolf Hitler.
Here’s his full answer, which appeared on Lanthorn.com:
KV: So you graduated from Drury with a degree in History, you’re a history guy. If you could have dinner with three historical figures, living or dead, who would they be? And I’m ruling out football figures.
MB: This is probably not going to get a good review, but I’m going to say Adolf Hitler. It was obviously very sad and he had bad motives, but the way he was able to lead was second-to-none. How he rallied a group and a following, I want to know how he did that. Bad intentions of course, but you can’t deny he wasn’t a great leader.
KV: The way he was able to get people to rally around him was crazy.
MB: Yeah, that’s definitely one. You have to go JFK, his experience with the country and being that he was a good president and everything. And this might sound crazy, but Christopher Columbus, the ability to go on the journey he was on and his emotion into the unknown. Think about putting yourself in the setting of that unknown, and then to take it all in as you arrive is crazy.
Berger was quickly suspended after the comments made their rounds, with the university issuing this statement (via WoodTV.com):
“The comments made by Offensive Coordinator Morris Berger, as reported in The Lanthorn student newspaper, do not reflect the values of Grand Valley State University,” the statement read. “Berger has been suspended and the university is conducting a thorough investigation.”
We’ll see what happens with this situation moving forward.