No fine for Rams players involved in Ferguson protest: NFL

Mon Dec 1, 2014 1:13pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - The National Football League said on Monday it would not discipline the St. Louis Rams players who staged a show of solidarity with people angry about the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Five of the Rams emerged from the tunnel prior to their game Sunday with their hands raised, the same way some witnesses say 18-year-old Michael Brown was positioned before being fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson in August.

"We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation," National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy told Reuters.

He said none of the players who took part in the protest would be fined or suspended.

Wilson fatally shot Brown during an Aug. 9 confrontation in Ferguson, Missouri, about 12 miles outside St. Louis.

Last week, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson, leading to riots in Ferguson and civil disobedience in cities around the country. The "hands up, don't shoot" pose has been a familiar posture with protesters.

Wilson has since resigned from the Ferguson police force.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association was angered by the Rams' protest at Sunday's game, calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the team and the NFL to apologize.   Continued...

Nov 30, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey (12) and wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) and tight end Jared Cook (89) and wide receiver Chris Givens (13) and wide receiver Kenny Britt (81) put their hands up to show support for Michael Brown before a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports