CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Indians pitcher James Karinchak made a controversial social media post allegedly equating vaccination efforts to Nazi Germany Tuesday.
Karinchak said, “NO FREEDOM UNLESS YOU GET A VACCINE.,” and used a quote from Nazi Hermann Goering while he testified at the Nuremberg trials.
Karinchak didn’t add any further context to what he meant by the post. He did end up deleting it from his account.
Both the Indians and The Jewish Federation of Cleveland declined to comment at this time.
The Anti-Defamation of League Cleveland released the following statement about Karinchak’s post:
Whether it is an athlete, a politician, or anyone else, it is simply not appropriate to compare Covid-19 protocols to the Holocaust. Doing so dishonors the memories of those murdered by the Nazis. - James Pasch, Regional Director