ST. LOUIS, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Before Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in St. Louis, Mo., five St. Louis Rams players walked onto the field with their hands up, in support of protests sparked by a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson last week.
During their pre-game introduction, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt took the field mimicking the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" pose adopted by Ferguson protesters around the world.
St. Louis Rams players and staff members also showed support for St. Louis by locking arms during the National Anthem.roundly condemned the players' gesture, calling for a public apology and disciplinary action.
"It is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again," SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said in a statement.
I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. 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.
Fans exiting the Edward Jones Dome after the Rams 52-0 shutout over the Oakland Raiders were met by Police in riot gear anticipating trouble from protesters.
According to police, six protesters were arrested for failure to disperse.