John Carlos: “How about those Rams”

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Because of the uniforms which the league goes to such great lengths to keep uniform, and the helmets that lend a faceless quality to NFL players, it’s easy to forget there are people inside.

And because of the culture of uniformity the league insists upon, it stands out when any of them stand out.

That’s why another individual who was willing to speak his mind with a raised hand was proud of the St. Louis Rams yesterday, for their support of slain Missouri teen Michael Brown.

Dr. John Carlos rose to fame during the 1968 Olympics, when he and teammate Tommie Smith raised their gloved fists in a protest for human rights, turning the Olympic medal podium into a powerful pulpit.

“How about those Rams? They may be under contract to play football, but greater than that, they have a right to care about humanity,” Carlos told Dave Zirin of The Nation. “They have the right to feel whether something is just or unjust. They are entitled to their opinions, most centrally that Michael Brown’s life should not have been taken. Asking them to just ‘shut up and play’ is like asking a human being to be paint on the wall. They have the right to say what they feel in their heart.

“A lot more athletes need to step up and speak up as well. These atrocities have been going on and we are saying enough is enough. I remember saying in 1968, you think I’m bad, just wait until this new generation comes out. I feel like that new generation is here at last.”

Rams wide receivers Kenny Britt an Tavon Austin came out of the tunnel in the pregame and gave the “hands up don’t shoot” gesture to show solidarity with protestors in nearby Ferguson, and they were joined by teammates Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook and Chris Givens. Running back Tre Mason joined later upon scoring a touchdown.

Fortunately, the league hasn’t bowed to the local official who wanted the players disciplined. With everything that’s been done to regulate the speech, dress and individuality of players, that’s a solid, if small step.

93 responses to “John Carlos: “How about those Rams”

  1. There are a lot of things I care about too. But where I work isn’t the place for me to demonstrate that.

  2. I just don’t like that people are pushing this image of a man with his hands raised because it gives people the false impression that Michael Brown was shot while surrendering. He was a violent person that attacked a cop and was shot dead right before he tackled the cop to the ground. He never surrendered.

  3. I personally watch the NFL to ESCAPE some of the day to day controversy so I am not in favor of ANY kind of “political” intrusion. I, however, do understand the players desire to use the stage they are given to highlight a cause they believe in.

    I think this is fine as long and the NFL decides to be as open minded when other players decide to speak their mind about other controversial topics. The league is setting a standard here that may or may not be what they want long term.

  4. Damn the facts that the kid didn’t have his hands up but instead punched the cop and tried to take his gun.

    Nice to see PFTMSNBC chiming in with their leftists agenda yet again.

  5. Gee, it’s just shocking that the response of the St. Louis PD is to threaten and intimidate…

    Wonder if y’all would be outraged if the players had dropped to a knee and prayed, or waved the flag and held signs in support of the cops? No doubt y’all would be screaming for them to shut up and play, right? Didn’t think so…

    Freedom of speech applies to those with whom you disagree, too… it’s called democracy. Shut up and keep your opinion to yourself is called Iran, or China. Move there if you have a problem with people voicing an opinion, you’ll like it much better, no doubt.

  6. “These atrocities have been going on and we are saying enough is enough.”
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    I agree. Hopefully people can get through to these young men that gang life and breaking the law is no way to go through life. And certainly assaulting police officers is only a quick route into oblivion.

    Or did he mean the atrocities of rioting and burning down your own village?

  7. While we do have the right to voice our own opinions I think it was done in poor taste over someone who was clearly in the wrong. You can’t utter the same words as “human rights” and “Mr. Brown” in the same sentence. Mr. Brown robbed a store, confronted, charged and wrestled with a policeman and in the end was shot and subsequently killed.
    What Mr. Brown did was wrong, and those that are defending the looting, the robbing and burning down of businesses and homes of those that are innocent as justification for ones dislike of a particular situation is crazy. Mr. Brown, while it’s unfortunate that you were shot and died, maybe you shouldn’t have robbed the store, maybe you should respect the police for what they stand for and not have charged and wrestled with the police. Tell me where in any of that did race come into question?
    Everything that happened in Ferguson was a tragedy that was scripted by those that want to take a horrible situation and change it to their own self gain. Again, the Rams players who raised their hands, why do it on that particular stage? What use that medium to convey a message, again self gain.

  8. Football players are entertainers. The NFL is a game. Why is it always painted as something more than that? If the Rams wanted to come out wearing Ronald McDonald wigs does it really matter?
    Does anyone watching really care?

  9. dukeearl says:
    Dec 1, 2014 1:04 PM
    If not then, when?
    Evil triumphs when good men remain silent.
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    And the good men and women of the grand jury did not bow to pressure, stood up, and did the right thing. Now, about the evil during the rioting…

  10. I hope all the off duty cops they call in for security at the next rams game call in sick. see how many of the players come out to protest the damage being done to the city by the protesters. wonder how many of them will set foot in Ferguson to help rebuild it or donate any money for it?

  11. It is impossible for this white, middle-aged man to understand how oppressed any other community may feel. I have never known the hate and prejudice others face.

    With that said, I also don’t understand how a twisting of the facts to fit race arguments is helpful. We are too willing to demonize the police officer to elevate a discussion of race and prejudice; even when the facts don’t support that position.

  12. Truly a shame. These players don’t even know the details of the incident, but yet feel justified in this showing?

    How about using your voice in the community to condemn BOTH actions? Rioting and burning buildings will do nothing to ease any tensions or rebuild any trust among the residents. As a people who are well known and looked up to, why not promote a better way to handle the reaction and stop displaying pure ignorance?

  13. Wonder if y’all would be outraged if the players had dropped to a knee and prayed, or waved the flag and held signs in support of the cops? No doubt y’all would be screaming for them to shut up and play, right? Didn’t think so…

    Wouldn’t be outraged, would feel bad for what that kid put that cop through and what cops face everyday from small percentages of all races that show no respect for authority or much of anything in life.

  14. ezwriter69 says:
    Dec 1, 2014 1:06 PM
    Gee, it’s just shocking that the response of the St. Louis PD is to threaten and intimidate…
    Wonder if y’all would be outraged if the players had dropped to a knee and prayed, or waved the flag and held signs in support of the cops?
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    “Outraged” is a bit much. Haven’t read much outrage. Disappointment perhaps. But it’s not like anybody here is rioting or burning down their own town because some athletes think the death was unjust.

  15. First Michael Sam, now Ferguson. It looks like the Rams aren’t afraid to tackle social issues.

    I wonder how this could affect drumming up support to get a stadium built in St. Louis? While standing up for their beliefs is commendable, they did alienate a large demographic of people with this display. I hope they articulate exactly what the gesture represented and explain that it is not an indictment on law enforcement officials everywhere. If you want to be involved, get involved. Don’t just watch CNN, throw up your hands and move on.

  16. Absolutely agree that players have the right to free speech….not sure about using their workplace to excercise it…. The Olympics were a completely different venue, ostensibly an unpaid one…The League and TV networks need to understand that, although they have the right to bloviate regarding people involved with the league, WE THE PEOPLE watch football to escape, at least temporarily, the harsh realities of life….We all get cancer, we all have heart attacks, we all suffer from every malady known to mankind…..I feel for everyone’s struggles…BUT I DO NOT NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THEM INCESSANTLY! As a matter of fact, I do not want to hear about them AT ALL. ENTERTAIN ME!! That’s all I want from you…..That is what I am paying you to do…nothing more…NBC listen up..you are the worst about this by far.

  17. So maybe during 911 we shouldn’t have run on the field waving flags. But oh that would offend YOUR political beliefs. The beliefs of people of color matter too whether you agree or not.

  18. relax Glenn Beck lovers. PFT isn’t take sides or pushing “leftist agenda”. They are just reporting the opinion of one of the most famous protesters in U.S. history.

  19. The NFL won’t weigh in because they are afraid. We, (non blacks, and even some blacks), have been so conditioned to keeping quiet that we won’t “go there” when issues fall squarely on the African American community.
    Michael Brown was not a victim, but he will forever be treated as such because everyone is afraid to say otherwise.

  20. dukeearl, your comment (“Evil triumphs when good men remain silent”) is valid, but goes both ways. In this case, the vast majority of Americans realize what actually happened – that the young man who was killed was not a jolly innocent gunned down by an evil cop, but instead an angry man who attacked an officer, tried to take his weapon and paid the price. Black and white has no bearing on this unfortunate incident at all. All of the good men who remain silent instead of defending the officer are the ones allowing evil to triumph. Political correctness in the United States demands that you support the African-American viewpoint or keep your mouth shut, and I for one, among millions of other silent good men, am disgusted by it.

  21. In Great Britain police don’t even carry guns. And you don’t hear about their cops getting shot. But America must have its machismo. In football. In law enforcement. In that bad boy life on the street. What does it get us??

  22. “They are just reporting the opinion of one of the most famous protesters in U.S. history because it fits their agenda”

    There fixed it for you.

  23. justintuckrule says:

    relax Glenn Beck lovers. PFT isn’t take sides or pushing “leftist agenda”. They are just reporting the opinion of one of the most famous protesters in U.S. history.
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    You missed the last paragraph.

  24. Sickening that PFT is promoting this nonsense, he was not an innocent unarmed black man. It was proven the cop did nothing wrong, if they could have indicted they would have. Stop promoting this agenda that says cops are always wrong, they are doing the most dangerous job with everyone with a cellphone watching. I admire the grand jury for their courage to deliver the verdict they did knowing the fallout.

  25. My question is this: Why do the Rams player’s actions have to be have to be grouped with the criminals who just seized an oppurtunity to loot and riot? Why couldn’t they be seen as a show of solidarity to the many who protested in a peaceful manner. Not everybody agrees with the narrative of the events that the officer was allowed to give WITHOUT CROSS! And not everyone who disagreed resorted to looting and rioting.

  26. Showing support for stupidity is ignorant. If Brown gives himself up like most normal people this doesn’t happen. My support is behind the police officer that unfortunately was put in a situation where he had to decide if his life was in danger and I don’t blame him one bit. Let’s not forget his life and his family’s life is now changed forever also due to a stupid decision by Brown.

  27. What happened at the ’68 Olympics was a Human Rights issue. What happened in St Louis is just a case of ignoring the facts and using that ignorance to “Burn this B—- down!”

  28. Once again the NFL shows what they are an what they stand for. This kid robbed a store with a GUN , threw the worker against the wall, went after the policeman in a car ,walking away was told to stop and he turns and runs at a policeman. Now how does he deserve to be treated as a hero or saint. These players completely disrespected the police who deal with this type crime and action each day as the NFL player sits and listens to his Bose headsets given to him. God-del once more shows his blindness to what should be addressed but lets fine a guy for wrong color socks.

  29. Despite the evidence that Brown did not have his hands up to surrender, we see these fine gents promoting that theory. That promotes the rioting and looting. What it doesn’t promote is the truth. I would ask PFT to post a piece that supports the facts of the case and points out the absurdity of what these players did. That is far more impactful than allowing them to continue to push a lie.

    This could be a very teachable moment for some socio-economic communities but it is being lost. We could teach people to respect the police and shop clerks by not attacking them or stealing from them. Instead, we create a story that does not exist to solve a problem that is not nearly as bad as agitators want it to be.

  30. At no time have I heard or read of any threats indicating that these players might be charged as criminals or arrested for their actions, so I don’t understand this constant drone and prattle about their “right to free speech.” To anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of basic civics, free speech is a constitutionally protected right that forbids the government from prosecuting individuals for exercising that right. These players were never in jeopardy of being arrested for their actions yesterday, so any discussion of free speech in this case is completely irrelevant. This specific instance is not about free speech; it is about behavior that is deemed either appropriate or inappropriate given the environment and circumstances in which the actions were conducted. Has absolutely nothing to do with free speech.

  31. Nothing like our modern day society to protest and do all of these sorts of things with no factual basis whatsoever.

    These players probably had none of the facts except for two colors in their minds. I would encourage anyone to read the facts and try and formulate an opinion. It’s a shame anyone has to lose their life, especially a young person. That being said, when a young person robs a store, tries to grab a cops gun, and charges at Law Enforcement, they really dug their own grave. How anyone can suggest otherwise is just missing the true point.

  32. I don’t know any more than anyone else about the circumstances that surrounded the very sad event. What I do know is that seven Citizens (4 white 3 black) decided there wasn’t even enough evidence to PROCEED with a case. As a mater of fact, it is noted that many testimonies that were given changed when questioned. Also those that did not change their statements incriminating the officer did not match up with the physical evidence. Keep in mind also that the panel also heard testimony that the press nor anyone else was privy to.

    As far as the Rams demonstration, It’s nice to see people exercising their Constitutional rights. Wether I agree with their point of view or not.

  33. Voice for humanity? By that I’m assuming he means support for the officer who’s life was in danger and had to take a young mans life. Outside of that its sad that society has become less about facts and more about what they “wanted” to have happen

  34. I’m not surprised that the NFL has no problem with its employees protesting due process considering that the NFL’s own due process in the Roger Goodell era is as consistent as a roulette wheel.

  35. Although I love the support for the “hands up don’t shoot” gesture…Considering it didn’t happen

  36. There are 3 sides to the Michael Brown story. The side that saw the facts as given to the Grand Jury as the truth, the side that saw them as lies and a coverup, and the side that didn’t bother to read or listen to any of it. I’m betting these players are on the side that made no attempt to understand any of what was released. I’d rather hear them say that there was a coverup than just repeat the same ridiculous notion that his hands were up. It’s sad how ignorant people become when there’s a narrative that fits their biases.

  37. Freedom of speech applies to those with whom you disagree, too… it’s called democracy. Shut up and keep your opinion to yourself is called Iran, or China. Move there if you have a problem with people voicing an opinion, you’ll like it much better, no doubt.

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    Wow hypocrite much? First you’re telling us how the 1st amendment applies to everyone & the very next sentence you’re telling us to keep our opinions to ourselves.

  38. The only reason this case and other cases like it get the attention they do is because of how rare they are.

    I’m going to be resorting to facts here, so I expect some folks are going to get upset.

    According to the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime report, 90% of Black victims are killed by Black offenders. Only 7.6% of Black Victims are killed by White offenders.

    Black offending rate (34.4 per 100,000) is almost eight times higher than whites (4.5 per 100,000)

    9 times out of 10, Blacks are victims of other Blacks, and yet, to witness the protests, you would think it was just the opposite, that White on Black homicides are an epidemic.

    But those who benefit from such protests will never allow facts to get in the way of their narrative.

  39. AND….The looting I saw on national TV did not look much like a demonstration attempting to shine light on a societal wrong…. Looked to me like hundreds of criminals burning and looting, tearing down what hard working people busted their butts to build in order to get some free stuff…this behavior must NEVER be allowed to stand…Should have cleaned up the looting thing in no uncertain terms…Even if you give folks the benefit of the doubt regarding the Police shooting…(and I don’t)…what took place afterward was a crime against civilization. Once again, the honest , industrious folks (Of all colors) end up losing…..We have truly lost our collective minds.

  40. Why do ya’ll have your panties in a bunch over this?

    First off, the kid should have submitted. Secondly, these Cops need to learn how to use non-lethal force.

    How the hell do you shoot a kid that many times like he was the Hulk charging you?

    Neither party is right- okay.

    People need to use more sense and Cops need a serious adjustment to their training.

    The damn tazer would have worked just as well.

    Glad the players made a statement.

    They voiced their opinions and it’s there OPINION.

    The rioting and looting is nonsense though- but anger does that to people.

    Happy Holidays, folks.

  41. So when Cooks says that it could have been any of those 5 players, does he mean they would rob a store, assault a police offer, try to take his gun, and charge at him? Brown was killed because he did that, not because he’s a young black man.

  42. I love the condemning of the rioters – save that for something important like winning a sporting event…

  43. Freedom of speech applies to those with whom you disagree, too… it’s called democracy. Shut up and keep your opinion to yourself is called Iran, or China. Move there if you have a problem with people voicing an opinion, you’ll like it much better, no doubt.

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    Wow hypocrite much? First you’re telling us how the 1st amendment applies to everyone & the very next sentence you’re telling us to keep our opinions to ourselves.
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    Read it more carefully – that’s not what he said at all. He’s saying that “Shut up and keep your opinion to yourself” is the way it is in Iran or China.


  44. Former NBA Star Charles Barkley Slams Ferguson Rioters, Leftstream Media and Obama

    Excerpt:

    Unlike others who have ignored the evidence and grand jury testimony as they perpetuate the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ lie while destroying private property and endangering innocent people by blocking traffic and overtaking malls, Barkley thinks it is important to pay attention to the testimony given to the grand jury because that is what tells the true story.

    He continued stating, “key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story for the first time Monday Night. I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other.”

    Saying that those rioting and looting in Ferguson are “not real black people,” but rather are “scumbags,” Barkley took a stand for the police. Obviously not agreeing with the narrative put forth by race baiters like Jesse Jackson that police are using young black men as target practice, Barkley said, ““we have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods. We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be without the cops?”

    Even Obama was not exempt from Barkley’s harsh criticism. In regards to ISIS, Barkley stated, “Obama needs to put some real bodies over there and start shooting those damn guys from ISIS. We can’t wait any longer, those guys are getting out of hand. We can’t just bomb them from a distance, they have to put boots on the ground, they have to go over there and shoot them. We need to put some bodies on the ground and shoot them dead.”

  45. I DON’T THINK THE PLAYERS SHOULD BE FINED EITHER..BUT THEY ALL SHOULD HEAR WHAT CHARLES BARKLEY HAS TO SAY ABOUT FERGUSON

  46. For you posters who claim that it was proven that Michael Brown attacked Darren Wilson, I ask one question:

    Did you reach this opinion after having read ALL of the grand jury material?

    If you didn’t, then I suggest you do. It may give you insight into why many people, such as the Rams players, still feel that justice wasn’t served.

  47. Agreed with Peymax1693:

    In America, if you can’t make the case in 140 characters or less then you’ve lost the public.

  48. I too follow football to escape the news and john birchers who nauseate me – the kid got shot twice ran 148 feet away and then decided to commit suicide by running into a hail of bullets is the story according to the transcripts – nonsense. If you believe that I’ve got a little time share in Florida right on the water and you can have it cheap!

  49. The players work for the NFL and the St. Louis Rams, not some fan looking for an “escape” who pays for a ticket or sits on his couch watching his big screen. So, if the NFL and the St. Louis Rams are OK with the player’s pre-game expression, then what is the problem? This is no different than any other employer setting policies in terms of what is acceptable personal conduct expression whether it is dress code, outside of work behavior, or political/religious expression.

    Let’s not act like because of this “incident” that the St. Louis law enforcement community or any other fan will stop watching/attending games. The NFL has had much worse incidents of players getting involved in child abuse (Adrian Peterson), domestic abuse (Ray Rice), sexual assault (Big Ben), murder (Rae Carruth), and other horrendous cases and games are still sold out and ratings are through the roof.

    If you are upset because you don’t agree with the player’s position then fine. But don’t try to quell employer approved player expression in the name of “it’s only entertainment and I don’t want to be burdened by the real world” crap.

  50. Amazing how many PFT readers are legal experts after watching a total of 10 minutes of news reports and reading about 500 lines of poor reporting.

    One thing I can tell each of you for sure. Had you or I done what officer Wilson and his department leadership did during and after the encounter we would certainly be going to trial.

    I do not know if Wilson was guilty of a crime or not, but there is significant evidence he and his superiors aligned stories to make it a “good shoot”. This does not make him guilty but it should have called for a trial.

    Most people here are indicating Brown was guilty based a legal proceeding that does not even include a judge and is controlled only by the prosecutor. No defensive evidence is needed in that proceeding, yet you are willing to make a decision about an 18 yo man based on 5 seconds of video and an officers testimony.

    People are not upset because they think Brown is innocent, they are upset because he got no access to justice. There is a difference.

  51. Cincinatti 222 states that “anger does that to people. I have been angry as hell on many occasions, yet I have neither burned, nor have I looted…..Situation ethics are tantamount to no ethics at all! For goodness sake, let’s call this what it really is…..Attempted anarchy.

  52. AND, Packersfan, , Who in the hell do you think provides the revenue so that the league and its players can exist….can you really understand so little?

  53. “The damn tazer would have worked just as well.”

    You do realize there were shots fired inside of the car?
    The cop has I believe two shots with a tazer before he has to reload. I’m not taking that chance in a close range battle for my life.

  54. Still waiting for the Dillon Taylor shooting to become national news since he was shot and killed only 2 days after Michael Brown and they have yet to even mention it on the national news. Smh.. can’t say I’m surprised though.. it doesn’t fit their agenda of being polarizing and drawing ratings.

  55. As long as your employer is OK with it, then you have the right to support someone who allegedly committed a crime, and then physically assaulted a cop. It’s always best to do what the police tell you to do in as much as they do have guns.

    Was the crime worthy of the punishment, absolutely not, but a man’s got to know his limitations.

  56. Sad as it is the Mr Brown was killed, if he hadn’t attacked a police officer he probably would have been charged with robbery, theft, assault, battery and who knows what else under Missouri law. Why does this type of person need to be supported by anyone?

  57. smcgaels1997 says:
    Dec 1, 2014 1:45 PM
    Outside of that its sad that society has become less about facts and more about what they “wanted” to have happen
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    Obviously, PFT and their foolish writers are well entrenched in that philosophy. Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery, officer Wilson encountered Brown, who tried to take the officer’s weapon away from him from outisde the car; Wilson feared for his life and shot and killed Brown — end of story.

  58. The National Flipflop League. Fine players fro failing to talk to the press or wearing the wrong brand. But not for supporting looting?

    It is time to stop watching the NFL.

  59. Did any of these players go to Ferguson to try and stop the rioting and looting of black owned businesses? Did any of them contribute money to help rebuild the senseless destruction of property? I didn’t think so. This is just more dancing in the end zone to get attention.

  60. Great expression by the 5 players. Every player in the NFL should show solidarity for the egregious behavior of Wilson, law enforcement in Ferguson, the prosecutor and the grand jury.

    Silence is complicity. The entire handling of the killing would be laughable, had not a young man lost his life. For those who believe not charging a white cop for the death of an unarmed black person, is rare and OK, welcome back to reality.

    I ask you this, justify the shooting of the 12 year-old in Cleveland who had a toy gun. Juxtapose that image with the ones of assault weapon armed white guys, who are never shot down. It must be hard to accept when you’re bigot.

  61. If you think these guys had the right idea on how to express themselves on the Ferguson decision shooting, I suggest you read this post from Benjamin Watson of the Saints. This is how a real pro reacts……….

    At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

    I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

    I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

    I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

    I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

    I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

    I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

    I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

    I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

    I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

    I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

    I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

    I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.

  62. If you don’t agree with what they did, then you should boycott the Rams.

    A Facebook page is now up with 14K likes at Boycott St. Louis Rams.

  63. Not unusual for the NFL to disregard the legal process and allow such objections to be displayed on the field of play – but Heaven forbid any player who wants to alter the logo of any sponsor or unofficially write something on a headband or something!

  64. The damn tazer would have worked just as well.

    You risk your life all you want, don’t expect the cop to do it.

  65. Players get fined for wearing the wrong shoes, socks and head phones.

    But make a political statement is OK. If the league knew about it so be it. Don’t think they knew ahead of time.

  66. I can’t believe so many of you have this reaction over the Rams players. Being so sensitive just like the whiny liberal activists you complain about.

    They’re just speaking for themselves as members of the team. They made no claim that they speak for the whole team on the matter.

    Besides, there were protesters outside and it’s understandable some players didn’t want others to think that they don’t care at all

  67. I have no problem with pro sports teams, or any businesses, allowing political speech/expression on the job as long as they allow employees of all spectrums speak/express freely.

  68. Those two that raised their fist in the communist salute in 1968 were stripped of their medals after so poorly representing their country.

    Shame on PFT for bringing up a very shameful act in US athletic history.

    Since when does someone’s feelings about something trump science, evidence, and reason?

  69. Wow, do people come out of the woodwork to weigh in Ferguson. First off the players have the right to protest, or show solidarity, however they see fit. The NFL has the right to respond if they wish, and in this case, they chose not to discipline them.

    Next, the people on the pro Darren Wilson side of this argument have to get off their sanctimonious high-horses, and stop pretending like they were there. You have no idea what the evidence bares out because not all the evidence was brought forth by the prosecution. There was no trial, no cross examination, only the evidence that the prosecution wished to bring forth. brought forth by a prosecutor who, by all claims (by former prosecutors and legal experts), seems to have been trying to exonerate Darren Wilson. Which was not his job to do. If he didn’t have the evidence to take it to trial, he should have never brought it before a grand jury in the first place. And if he had enough evidence to go to trial, but withheld it because he was trying to swing the grand jury’s decision, then he should be disbarred immediately

    Regardless of Michael Brown’s or Darren Wilson’s guilt or innocence, justice was not served in this case. Just because you supported Darren Wilson, don’t pretend that it was. Without a proper trial we will never know.

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