Five St. Louis Rams players publicly protested during a game this weekend in efforts to show their personal support on the national issue.
The players “…walk[ed] onto the field during pre-game introductions with their hands raised above their heads in the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” pose that has become a fixture of the protests that followed the police killing of teenager Michael Brown in August,” said Thinkprogress.org.
Now, this protest is draws criticism by St. Louis police who want immediate discipline for the players.
In previous NFL promotional commercials, the St. Louis Rams deliver a message saying they will stand together in unity in regards to the situation. So naturally, the protest does arise confusion among the public in terms of the team’s views.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association saw this protest as a sign of disrespect and want the players apprehended.
“…[We are] profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory,” said SLPOA in a released statement according to Thinkprogress.org.
The NFL has decided to not take disciplinary action against the players involved in the protest the NFL said Monday.