Credit: CBS

Credit: CBS

The St. Louis Rams will not be subjected to disciplinary action by the NFL after causing a ruckus for daring to show support for the protesters in Ferguson.

During Sunday’s pre-game, the players displayed the “hands up, don’t shoot” stance, which evoked a measure of fury with the St. Louis Officer’s Association who didn’t appreciate the gesture by the players. A letter from the association called their actions “tasteless, offensive and inflammatory”.

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

One of the players who participated in the initiative, Stedman Bailey, said that his teammates made the decision right before the game commenced. He explained that their intent was to send out a positive vibes during a time of intense strife. “Violence should stop. There’s a lot of violence going on here in St. Louis. We definitely hear about it all, and we just want it to stop”.

Other players echoed the same sentiment when explaining what motivated their need to use such a public arena to express their solidarity with those who denounce the verdict that vindicated Michael Brown’s killer. Jared Cook detailed the importance for the team as a whole to recognize the ongoing tragedy, “It’s dangerous out there. None of us want to get caught up in that. We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protestors that have been doing a heck of a job”.

Looks like the NFL agrees with the team based on a statement that was issued that basically confirmed that despite the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association’s demands for penalization, the NFL stands by the players, “We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation”.

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  • good2bfree

    So, it’s okay for the supporters of Mike Brown to be offended by the ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ wristbands worn by the Ferguson ‘police, but it’s not okay for these so-called police officers to be offended by a group of football players gesturing in support of Mike Brown?

    • Anthony

      The police are government employees who are supposed to protect the public. The public includes black taxpayers as well as white (and yes, those folks in the marches go to work and pay taxes just like white people.) Police officers should not have word armbands while doing their jobs. The Rams are employees for a private concern that entertains people. No Ram will arrest anyone or legally shoot anyone.

      The are free to be offended like anyone else. They can boycott or picket, but they cannot make the Rams do anything. If they trip hard enough, the Rams may simply move back to LA.

  • Love.tweet.joi

    Wow. “Tasteless, offensive and INFLAMMATORY” Strong words.

    This is why it baffles me that people don’t understand (read white people don’t understand) that it is impossible for black people to practice racism in the true sense of the word. Race plus Power. We HAVE NO POWER. We have a black man in OFFICE and we STILL HAVE NO POWER…that in itself is pretty unbelievable. Anyone ever say that out loud: There is a Black man in the White House and Black people still have no power. It’s ridiculous.

  • Love.tweet.joi

    I think Clutch is bad for my morale. *a voice inside suggests, ‘maybe it’s not Clutch.’* Sigh.

  • Chazz A

    The media attempts to distort any form of black solidarity, especially on matters concerning race. I commend the young brothers for their actions.