St. Louis police are outraged today after NFL players made the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture in solidarity with Ferguson protesters during a game on Sunday.
The move was made by five players on the team as they entered the field. The five players were wide receiver Stedman Bailey, wide receiver Tavon Austin, tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Chris Givens and wide receiver Kenny Britt. When Mason scored an 8-yard run later in the game, he and Britt made the gesture once again.
Police are livid, saying the athletes “ignored mountains of evidence” against Michael Brown when they made the “tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory” gesture. The Police Association quickly released a statement expressing their anger over the incident:
“It is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again.
All week long, the Rams and the NFL were on the phone with the St. Louis Police Department asking for assurances that the players and the fans would be kept safe from the violent protesters who had rioted, looted, and burned buildings in Ferguson.
…As the players and their fans sit safely in their dome under the watchful protection of hundreds of St. Louis’s finest, they take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds, to put it in football parlance.
The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology.”
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H/T: Daily Mail