Rams players enter field with “hands up, don’t shoot” salute to Ferguson
Several St. Louis Rams players came out to introductions doing the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that people around the country have been doing to support the family of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin led the team out of the tunnel, with their hands up. They were joined by several other players.
Later, after a touchdown by Tre Mason, Britt and Mason seemed to do the gesture in the end zone.
On Sunday, the Rams offered a few other small ways to offer support.
The Rams players, coaches and staff also locked arms during the National Anthem in a sign of support for the community.
In addition, the Rams took some steps to reach out to those affected by the unrest. The team hosted small business owners who lost their businesses to fires and volunteers who helped the ensuing cleanup efforts at the game.
The Rams also planned to play a series of public service announcements featuring Fisher and some players discussing how to build a stronger St. Louis.
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On Sunday afternoon, inside a domed stadium about 20 kilometres from Ferguson, Mo., a group of five St. Louis Rams players walked onto the field before a game with their arms in the air, a symbolic gesture meant to “let the community know that we support them,” according to receiver Kenny Britt.
A video shows Britt and fellow receiver Tavon Austin on the field first, their hands in the air, followed shortly by receivers Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and tight end Jared Cook amid the lights and the smoke of the pre-game festivities.
“I didn’t know anything about it,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters. “I was still in the tunnel.”
“St. Louis, Missouri (November 30, 2014) – 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.
Press release from the St. Louis Police Officers Association, calling the Rams’ players act of solidarity with Michael Brown “offensive.”