Following days of public outcry over his April 27 appearance, Jeopardy contestant Kelly Donohue has issued a statement denying he flashed a white power symbol on air. Donohue, who sparked racism accusations after holding up three fingers in what looked to some viewers like a hate symbol, posted a lengthy Facebook statement yesterday denouncing racism and insisting he was counting his number of wins, Yahoo Entertainment reports.

“I absolutely, unequivocally condemn white supremacy and racism of any kind,” Donohue, who said he was “horrified” by the accusations, began. “People who know me personally know that I am not a racist, but for the public at large it bears repeating: I am not a racist and I reject and condemn white supremacy and all forms of bigotry for the evil they are. It’s shameful to me to think anyone would try to use the stage of Jeopardy! to advance or promote such a disgusting agenda.”

On Tuesday’s episode, Donohue placed his thumb and index finger together, holding three fingers out and tapping his hand against his chest. In a since deleted Facebook post from earlier this week, Donohue said his hand gesture was a symbol of his three victories, not a hate sign that some viewers compared to the “okay” symbol officially recognized by the Anti-Defamation League.

Yesterday, the backlash grew with a public letter from former Jeopardy competitors which called for an apology from Donohue and an action plan from the show. Over 450 Jeopardy alum signed the letter in which they expressed “concern” over Donoue’s appearance on the show, specifically pointing to his hand gesture as a “racist dog whistle.” The letter reads in part, “we as former contestants feel the need to speak out against the messaging that these choices communicated — either intentionally or unintentionally — by the contestant Kelly Donohue and, implicitly by association, the producers of Jeopardy!”

While Donohue deleted his first Facebook post “because the comments were more than I could bear,” he doubled down on his intent in Thursday’s post. “During the taping of my fourth episode, I was simply raising three fingers to mark my 3rd win. There was nothing more I was trying to indicate,” he wrote. “I deeply regret this terrible misunderstanding. I never meant to hurt a soul and I assure you I am no friend of racists or white supremacists.”

Jeopardy has not released a public statement on the Donohue controversy. Decider has reached out for comment.