Cadets Were Just Playing 'the Circle Game,' Service Academies Find

Investigation clears Army-Navy spectators of making white power gestures
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2019 5:10 PM CST
Cadets Were Just Playing 'the Circle Game,' Service Academies Find
Army cadets salute before an NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

West Point has decided that cadets attending the Army-Navy football game last weekend did not intend to flash white power hand gestures. But the Military Academy is still not thrilled. An investigation found that the cadets were playing "the circle game," usually played by children and teenagers. In the game, the Daily Beast reports, someone makes a circle gesture with their fingers. If another person looks at it, the first player is allowed to punch them. "We are disappointed by the immature behavior of the cadets," said Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, West Point's superintendent. The cadets will face discipline, per NBC. The investigation was announced after two cadets and a midshipman had been spotted apparently making gestures during ESPN's pregame broadcast Saturday.

"The intent was not associated with ideologies or movements that are contrary to the Army values," the West Point statement said. Still, the Naval Academy and West Point said more training is needed, per Business Insider. Williams said West Point teaches its cadets to "act in a professional manner at all times." (President Trump delivered news of a policy change to the teams at the game.)

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