As a St. Louis Rams season ticket holder I was in attendance for Sundays game against the Oakland Raiders. I did not learn of the five player’s “hands-up don’t shoot” gesture in support of protesters and rioters in the Michael Brown Worldwide Spectacle until well after the game. I was not paying attention to the beginning of the introductions when they came on the field, I only saw them shortly after they had dropped their arms. I know their hands were up, the photo is proof. To the five players, gentlemen, what proof do you have that Michael Brown had his arms raised? You have none! The evidence presented to the Grand Jury indicated Michael Brown’s arms were not up.
Whether you agree with the Grand Jury decision or not; for the Rams players to demonstrate their support of the protesters was highly inappropriate as they were introduced before a crowd of fans. The players are representatives of their team, the Rams organization. They were at their place of employment, they were on the job, they were there to play football. Are the fans to assume the Rams organization supports the position of the protesters? They had five representatives making a statement. If it is their personal feelings and expression, they should do it on their own time, not company time. It was inappropriate and insulting to the police and security at the game.
Had I seen this demonstration, I would have walked out of the game, before it even started.