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CNBC analyst fired for Nazi gestures

June 10, 2004|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — CNBC has dumped wrestler John "Bradshaw" Layfield as a financial analyst after he was observed making Nazi gestures during a World Wrestling Entertainment match in Munich, Germany.

Layfield, who has written a book on personal finance, had been a CNBC contributor for only three weeks.

While in the ring over the weekend, Layfield reportedly imitated a Nazi march and raised his arm in a Nazi salute.

"We find his behavior to be offensive, inappropriate and not befitting anyone associated with our network," CNBC spokeswoman Amy Zelvin said.

In a statement, the WWE said it and Layfield "deeply regret" the actions in the ring.

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