Comic Kathy Griffin Forced to Delete False Tweet About Covington Teens

January 23, 2019 Updated: January 23, 2019

Comedian and former CNN host Kathy Griffin was forced to delete a tweet that showed students at Covington Catholic High School—the same school involved in a viral confrontation with protesters in Washington D.C.—playing basketball.

“Covington’s finest throwing up the new nazi sign,” wrote Griffin, claiming that some players were holding their thumb and pointer fingers together along with three other fingers up in the air.

But she appears to have mistaken the standard “OK” sign with the standard celebration after a three-point shot is made.

Griffin deleted the tweet, which included a photo of the basketball game. But a number of people saved screenshots of the anti-Trump comic’s post.

“MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was kind enough to reply and correct me, so I deleted the tweet,” she told the New York Post.

Students at the school made headlines over the weekend, prompting condemnation from mainly liberal celebrities, news outlets, and politicians. However, a longer, unedited video of the incident surfaced, appearing to vindicate the students.

Washington Examiner writer Siraj Hashmi noted that there was a “bipartisan dunking on Kathy Griffin, a tradition unlike any other” after her erroneous post.

More showed basketball players making the three-point hand sign.

Covington High Re-Opens

On Jan. 23, Covington High School re-opened amid a barrage of threats as a result of reporting on the video.

“I think that closing the school down yesterday was a good move to play it safe but I think today everybody—I think they are ready to go back, get back together as a community,” Sam Schroder, a student at the Washington rally, told Fox News.

A strong police presence was noted on campus.

“The threats, they have been horrible,” Grant Hillman, a Covington High School senior, told Fox. “I have never heard such cruel things wished upon another human being, ranging from getting locked inside a building and burned alive to sexually assaulted by the clergy members—it’s just awful.”

He added, “It’s really sad to see [people] with such a huge platform who [have] the ability to spread positivity to use it in such a negative manner to bully children.”

Nick Sandmann, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, looks at Nathan Phillips, a Native American anti-President Donald Trump activist, after Philipps approached the Covington Catholic High School student in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (Survival Media Agency via AP)

Viral Smile

In an interview with NBC News, Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, who was seen smiling in the video after native American anti-President Donald Trump activist Nathan Phillips approached him and beat a drum inches from his face, said he wasn’t disrespectfully smirking at the activist, as many media outlets reported. He said he saw it as a firm resolve not to be provoked.

“I see it as a smile, saying that this is the best you’re going to get out of me,” he stated. “You won’t get any further reaction of aggression. And I’m willing to stand here as long as you want to hit this drum in my face.”

And throngs of people have judged him “based off one expression,” he added.

“I wasn’t smirking, but people have assumed that’s what I [was doing],” Sandmann said.

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