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Michigan State apologizes for displaying picture of Adolf Hitler

Michigan running back Blake Corum (2) runs against Michigan State on Oct. 21, 2023, in East Lansing, Mich. | AP Photo/Al Goldis

Michigan State University on Saturday apologized for displaying an image of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler on its scoreboard during a pregame quiz at Spartan Stadium.

"We are deeply sorry for the content that was displayed, as this is not representative of our institutional values," the university said. "MSU will not be using the third-party source going forward and will implement stronger screening and approval procedures for all videoboard content in the future.”

Screenshots by fans of the photo of Hitler alongside the word "Austria," where Hitler was born in 1889, went viral.

The university did not specify which "third-party source" had supplied the image of the bloodthirsty orchestrator of World War II and the Holocaust.

It was a bad day all around for Michigan State and its football fans. The Spartans lost to Michigan by a score of 49-0, one of the most humiliating defeats ever to their home-state rival.

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