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Michigan State shows Hitler's image on videoboards in pregame quiz before loss to No. 2 Michigan

Michigan tight end Colston Loveland (18) is stopped by Michigan State defensive back Malik Spencer, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in East Lansing, Mich.
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Michigan tight end Colston Loveland (18) is stopped by Michigan State defensive back Malik Spencer, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in East Lansing, Mich.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State showed Adolf Hitler's image as part of a pregame quiz on videoboards before playing No. 2 Michigan on Saturday night, and later apologized for the inappropriate content provided by an outside source.

Hitler and Austria, his birthplace, flashed on the videoboards long enough for some on social media to share what was seen by some fans more than an hour before kickoff.

“MSU is aware that inappropriate content by a third-party source was displayed on the videoboard prior to the start of tonight’s football game," Michigan State spokesman Matt Larson said. "We are deeply sorry for the content that was displayed, as this is not representative of our institutional values. 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.”

The pregame quiz provides content well before games on videoboards.

Michigan routed Michigan State on the field, a year after the Spartans roughed up their rivals following last year's loss and were suspended.

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.
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