Rams players raise hands in Ferguson statement


Five players on the Rams entered the field for today’s game against the Raiders with their hands raised, in a statement of solidarity with protesters in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury declined to indict a police officer who killed an unarmed teenager.

Rams tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens raised their hands in pre-game introductions. Cook said they wanted everyone watching to know the Ferguson protests were on their minds.

”Everything about the situation touched me because it could have happened to any of us,” Cook told the Associated Press after the game. ”Any of us are not far from the age of Michael Brown and it happened in our community. I wouldn’t want to be in any one of those guys’ situations that it happened to.”

Athletes who weigh in on controversial topics are sometimes told they should “stick to sports.” Five players on the Rams decided to say that some things are important enough that they can’t be ignored.