The St. Louis Rams entered the football field at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday in a show of solidarity with the Ferguson protesters. But the St. Louis Police Officers Association is not too happy about their act of silent protest. The SLPOA has released a statement condemning the football players who entered the field with their hands up.
Some of the Rams players included Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt. All of them entered the field with the trademark “hands up, don’t shoot” sign that protesters have been using since the shooting of Michael Brown, early in August of this year.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association is profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.
“Five members of the Rams entered the field today exhibiting the “hands-up-don’t-shoot” pose that has been adopted by protestors who accused Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson of murdering Michael Brown. The gesture has become synonymous with assertions that Michael Brown was innocent of any wrongdoing and attempting to surrender peacefully when Wilson, according to some now-discredited witnesses, gunned him down in cold blood.
“SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said, “now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson’s account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again.”
Curated from Counter Current News
Is what the St. Louis Rams players did really that wrong? While athletes should keep sports and politics separate, lately it has been difficult to see where the line is drawn. The athletes were peacefully making a statement. They were showing support for all the peaceful protests that are taking place throughout the United States. The players, in no way, condoned the acts of violence and rioting that is taking place in Ferguson, Missouri. Yet, the St. Louis Police Association are freaking out over the players’ actions.
The Police Association is demanding that the players that participated in the protest entrance be disciplined. They are also demanding that the St. Louis Rams and the NFL issue an apology. The Police Association wants to take their own action against the Rams, such as boycotting the team.
The St. Louis Police Association seems to be missing the point. The Rams players were expressing their first amendment rights. They were showing support for the peaceful protests taking place. Perhaps even showing their disappointment in the jury’s decision not to bring charges upon the officer involved in the shooting. But, they were in no way condoning the burning of buildings and chaos taking place in Ferguson.
It seems as if no disciplinary action will be taken against the Rams players that participated in the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot entrance. The vice president of communications for the NFL has stated “We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation.” This is a good thing, whether or not you agree with the jury’s decision.