- The St. Louis Police Officers Association was not happy that members of the St. Louis Rams came out for Sunday's game in a hands up "don't shoot" gesture, in reference to the unrest in nearby Ferguson, and they want those players disciplined.
Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens and Jared Cook did the gesture coming out to the field before the Rams' game on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Ferguson, which is 12 miles from the Edward Jones Dome, was the site of an incident this past summer when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. There have been many protests in Ferguson and elsewhere this week after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.
The Rams players made their statement on the field, and then the SLPOA had one of their own that included calling for punishment for the players and a full apology.
The NFL, in typically wishy-washy fashion, declines to make an example of these ignoramuses:
- There doesn't seem to be a precedent for a player being fined for a gesture or statement like this. The closest comparison might be when the Dolphins fined and suspended safety Don Jones for tweeting negative comments about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, but that was a violation of the league's anti-discrimination policies. That doesn't apply to what the Rams did.
Really? We seem to recall a number of fines against players for swearing at officials, excessive celebrations, end zone antics for dancing and autographing footballs. How about Jim McMahon for his headbands during the Superbowl? The NFL can choose to dissuade behavior unbecoming by means of massive fines. In case the NFL hadn't noticed, America is getting sick of Ferguson, disgusted with misbehavior in general and really unhappy with overpaid celebrities dictating how they're supposed to feel about an event. Get ahead of the curve.