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Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:00 PM

No fines for Rams players' salute

Source: ESPN

The five Rams players who entered the field before Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in St. Louis with their hands in the air in "don't shoot" poses will not be fined for their actions, NFL and team sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

AP Photo/L.G. Patterson
The Rams players who raised their arms during pregame introductions as a salute to nearby Ferguson, Missouri, will not be fined by the league.


The players had used the team's pregame introductions to offer a show of support for nearby Ferguson. As the Rams' offense was introduced, tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin stopped near the tunnel and raised their hands in a nod to the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Some witnesses said Brown had his hands up before being shot. Wilson, who is white, testified to the grand jury that Brown had hit him and reached for his gun.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association called for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a "very public apology," its statement read in part.

"I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights," SLPOA business manager Jeff Roorda said in the statement. "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."

Read more: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11963218/the-five-st-louis-rams-players-saluted-slain-teenager-michael-brown-sunday-game-not-fined

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Reply No fines for Rams players' salute (Original post)
kpete Dec 2014 OP
samsingh Dec 2014 #1
immoderate Dec 2014 #2
elleng Dec 2014 #3
jillan Dec 2014 #5
Gore1FL Dec 2014 #21
jillan Dec 2014 #4
Omaha Steve Dec 2014 #6
jmowreader Dec 2014 #15
Omaha Steve Dec 2014 #17
irisblue Dec 2014 #28
proverbialwisdom Dec 2014 #7
KamaAina Dec 2014 #8
uppityperson Dec 2014 #9
Demeter Dec 2014 #10
lovemydog Dec 2014 #13
Feral Child Dec 2014 #11
graegoyle Dec 2014 #12
pansypoo53219 Dec 2014 #14
lark Dec 2014 #16
Gothmog Dec 2014 #18
DRoseDARs Dec 2014 #19
mountain grammy Dec 2014 #20
marym625 Dec 2014 #22
Elmer S. E. Dump Dec 2014 #23
Elmer S. E. Dump Dec 2014 #24
OregonBlue Dec 2014 #25
dhill926 Dec 2014 #26
Jim Lane Dec 2014 #27

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:05 PM

1. excellent

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:05 PM

2. I hope the whole league does this next week.

 

Cops have First Amendment rights too. But not the License to Kill.

--imm

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:08 PM

3. SHOCKING what the Police Officers Association said!

Fire THAT guy! Throw a flag on HIS 'play!'

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:17 PM

5. Sickening!!

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:23 PM

21. It seems to be a trend that St. Louis Law enforcement agencies/associations handle things poorly.

It's another ham-handed approach. Had they simply let it go, they'd be much better off.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:16 PM

4. I'd like to remind the St Louis Police Dept that it's not the NFL that is gunning down people

in the streets.

Righteous assholes!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:18 PM

6. OOPS


The St. Louis Police Officers Association called for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a "very public apology," its statement read in part.

It seems none of the Police never delivered a "very public apology" over things THEY did.

OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:47 PM

15. Here's your "very public apology"

"We, the National Football League and its member teams, apologize for the conduct of some of the members of the St. Louis Rams. As a show of good faith, we hereby challenge the Ferguson Police Department to a friendly game of flag football at the Edward Jones Dome the Sunday after the Super Bowl. Certain of our members, including Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Earl Thomas, Tyron Smith, Joe Thomas, Gerald McCoy, Ndamukong Suh, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Dominique Easley, are more than willing to give our loyal fans an experience they will never forget. We'll even allow the police to receive first. This offer will be withdrawn if the Ferguson Police Department gets its shit together before the end of the season."

(And yes, I know the NFL's team is eleven of the nastiest defensemen in the league...but on the off chance the Ferguson police manage to survive their first possession, Kam Chancellor DID play quarterback in high school, so we're covered.)

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:55 PM

17. Great stuff




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Response to jmowreader (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 05:14 PM

28. A football game I would watch

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:23 PM

7. Wise decision. (nt)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:25 PM

8. Good!

 

Maybe if all the players had done it, they wouldn't have had to take out their frustration on the Raiders.

Great. Now the freakin' Lambs have done two cool things in one season (drafting Michael Sam).

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:36 PM

9. Good, and Roorda is an ass.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:45 PM

10. those cops should exercise their right to quit

 

because they are getting rather too exercised over the wrong things....

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Response to Demeter (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:27 PM

13. They are also giving good police officers a bad name

by trying to to tie their hucksterism in with police nationwide.

Many decent police men and women are aghast not only by the Brown case and Ferguson, but by this shameless effort to assert that all police share the view of the St. Louis Police Department Shills.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:18 PM

11. K&R n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:24 PM

12. You know what:

FUCK THE POLICE.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:41 PM

14. the police assoc looks more and more like assholes.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:51 PM

16. Sooo, killing black folks isn't enough?

Now they want to somehow hurt the people that think that killing black folks is not OK? I really hope those 5 players are very careful and get extra security for their home and themselves. Some lunatic KKK person who has a relative who's a cop, or who is themselves a cop could easily come after those players and their families. These people are so full of hate, I wouldn't put anything past them. They will protect their right to kill anyone at any time without any provocation at all costs. Scary but a very brave gesture by those players in that toxic Mo. environment.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:13 PM

18. The police union is being stupid in their demands

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:16 PM

19. NFL handles controversy right for once, tells police union to go fuck itself

 

Fixed your headline for you.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:22 PM

20. I will thank these players every chance I get!

I just posted on the Ram's facebook page.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:30 PM

22. my dog that guy is one monumental asswipe!

This guy is going to be shitcanned soon. The St Louis Police Officers Association is getting an even worse rap, if that's possible, because of him.

Thanks for the post!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:38 PM

23. The SLPOA also said something to the effect that how could you when

 

"there were mountains of evidence from the Grand Jury" - Oh like the evidence that Wilson was LYING to the Grand Jury, or the fact that the whole thing was rigged by the prosecutor to get Wilson off the hook.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:40 PM

24. I'd like to say a big STFU to SLPOA.

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:59 PM

25. Oh, like a threat is going to work? 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." You know they should just shut up. Every time they open their mouths we get to see just what thugs they truly are.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:00 PM

26. hmmm...

rather obvious use of the dog whistle here.....fuck these shitheads...

"I'd remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser's products"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 12:06 AM

27. I condemn the Rams -- specifically, the players who did NOT join in their teammates' action.

 

Nevertheless, I respect the room for diversity of opinion. I also recognize that some players probably agreed with the "Hands up" point of view but didn't want to bring politics into their workplace. Accordingly, I will not support any boycott or any other retaliatory action against the players who sat this one out, nor do I think they should be fined.

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