One of the most prominent athletic officials in New Jersey has apologized after admittedly describing Adolf Hitler as a “good leader” during a presentation at a local high school last week.
Joe Piro, the athletics director at Nutley High School in Nutley, N.J., revealed himself as the guest speaker who made the controversial remarks on Saturday and acknowledged his point had badly missed the mark.
“The presentation wasn’t to offend anyone in or outside the Madison public school district,” Piro said in a statement. “I am truly sorry if I did. As a 20-year educator who’s worked with a wide variety of students that come from very diverse backgrounds, I fully understand and recognize that Adolf Hitler was an evil man who used his skills in a horrific manner.”
The apology comes just days after Piro, who’s credited with helping shape some of New Jersey’s most important sports policies, gave a weekend presentation on leadership to a group of Madison High School student–athletes in which he described Hitler as a “good leader” with “bad moral character and intentions,” NJ.com reported. All students playing spring sports were required to attend the Saturday assembly meant to promote “positive leadership values and a culture of sportsmanship.”
SOURCE: Tanasia Kenney
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