St. Louis Rams Receivers Come Out With Hands Up In Show Of Solidarity With Ferguson


St. Louis Rams Receivers Come Out With Hands Up In Show Of Solidarity With Ferguson

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During pre-game introductions Sunday, the St. Louis Rams receiving corps came out of the stadium tunnel with their hands up in a clear showing of solidarity with the protesters in nearby Ferguson. Rams receivers Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin led the demonstration, walking solemnly out onto the field with their hands up, a gesture protesters have used to represent unarmed teenager Michael Brown prior to his shooting death at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Witnesses have said that Brown had his hands up when Wilson shot him at least six times.

Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders is the first Rams game since a grand jury announced Monday evening that Wilson will not be indicted for the death of Brown. Riots broke out in Ferguson after the announcement, leading to ransacked businesses and burned-down buildings. Since Monday night’s unrest, protests have continued not only in and around Ferguson, but all across the nation. Generally, the demonstrations have been peaceful, but have shown that the issue of police brutality and racial disparity resonates throughout the United States.

 

Since Brown’s death in August, protesters have demonstrated at both Rams and St. Louis Cardinals games. During a Monday Night Football game in October against the San Francisco 49ers, activists organized a protest in the stands where banners were unfurled with the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’ At the following game, a demonstration outside the stadium became heated after protesters were spit on and a Rams fan tried to snatch a flag and run with it. During the Cardinals’ playoff run, protests occurred outside Busch Stadium. Demonstrators were met with racist taunts and, on one occasion, a fan greeted them with a Nazi salute.

Rams management was prepared for potential protests in and around the stadium Sunday. Stadium officials said that they added 50 additional security personnel for the game against the Raiders. However, they couldn’t restrict the players’ ability to make their own statement. The Rams receivers let Ferguson know they stand with them.

18 Responses to "St. Louis Rams Receivers Come Out With Hands Up In Show Of Solidarity With Ferguson"

  1. Eddie Bryan   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Appreciate that. I guess they are all Afro-American. I don’t know why white players can’t see the extreme injustice of this. Why is that?

  2. Ben Peeler   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Good for them. Its a great use of fame.

  3. Linda   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I blame this on The Republicans! They set this garbage in motion. Their platform was base on fear and hate and this is what it has lead to. Until we get rid of those at the root of the problem (The Republican is office) our once great nation will not be at peace.

    Time to take those fool down. You decide how

  4. gary gambino   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I am a proud member of Steeler Nation, but I am a Rams fan today. Good for them.

    • Gwenola Grier   Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 4:25 am

      Me too. Falcon fan but I agree with them.

  5. ray   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Much respect to these Rams players.

  6. Sage   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    What a bunch of morons. This criminal attacks & tries to kill a cop & they’re putting down the officer. hey should be ashamed. This racial Al Sharptonism for profit is sickening.

    • Joyce   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      I have seen your racist comments before. Do you spend your days spreading hate everywhere on the net?

  7. Wanda   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE!
    …With Love & Pride from a Who Dat

  8. Joyce   Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I am a Raiders fan living in PA and I discontinued DirectTV’s Sunday Ticket so I didn’t get to see this game but I wish I had. GREAT TRIBUTE!!!

  9. Jim   Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Linda first of check your history before you start blaming Republicans. Remember, Lincoln was a Republican…and almost all of the laws enacted to help the re-enslave the black population to the Federal Gov’t were passed by Democrats. As for this, I think it was a direct slap in the face of the officers that protect the St. Louis Rams organization. If Officer Wilson had been indicted that would be one thing but physical evidence does not lie, and he was exonerated. As with Trayvon Martin, M. Brown was a thug…and had he walked to the sidewalk as told by the officer we would not be having this conversation, and M. Brown would be here today continuing to be a thug…

    • Diann Kirby   Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      @Truth & Jim: Why are you so ignorant and racist ? Darren Wilson was NOT exonerated – he was not charged. That’s what happens when you have a bigoted white ‘prosecutor’ that works for the murdered and vilifies the victim. This is the ‘white privilege’ that YOU are too blind or bigoted (or both) to see.

  10. Goria   Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Yea, Raiders!! Guess these guys on St. Louis Rams want to be remembered as punks instead of “Football Players”. Stick to football. The Rams might be moving after this incident.

  11. Tyrone   Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thank God some of these young black players had the guts to stand up for Mike Mike !!! if the NFL decides to action they will be biggest jackazzes in America…These days the NFL’s image is not in the very best light..

  12. Tyrone   Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 10:19 am

    take action.

  13. Truth   Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 11:09 am

    FACT:
    KID ATTACKS COP AFTER ROBBING STORE… It doesn’t matter what happens next. The worst thing that could happen to a criminal when they break the law is, he could die. In this case he died for breaking the law and not obeying the cop.
    SO WHAT HE’s BLACK!!! Black people are always trying to gain justice for things that happened in the past. Get over it Black People and create a good life. Stop breaking the law!!!
    Black people are more blessed than any human race on earth for their physical ability. ATHLETICS, VOCALS, PHYSIQUE and black get paid millions even billions for it. WHY ARE BLACK PEOPLE SO BLIND???

  14. yukster   Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    These IDIOT Rams should be fined at LEAST 1 game’s pay, and that money go towards rebuilding the small business trashed by other ignorant A$$holes. Forget the facts, or the investigation, but believe the lies and promote more racism with ignorance. The RAM jerseys should be replaced with “I’m With Stupid.”

  15. Browndog113@YAHOO.com   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    the racits are those who intentionally blind themselves to facts, and blame the victim because he is caucasian. Have you honestly considered the overwhelming evidence that exonerates (by exonerates i mean the proponderance of evidence shows the officer acted properly) the police officer.

    that being said, there are racist and abusive police. I am caucasion but dark skinned and (especially in summer) have been harrased by ] police for no reason.

    There ARE time to make a stand, but this is not one. By making this guy A Brown some kind of innocent victim, diminishes real victims of black oppression- like Hurricane Carter and MLK.