NFL Won’t Punish St. Louis Rams For ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Gesture

December 1, 2014 12:25 p.m.

The National Football League will not discipline St. Louis Rams players who stood with their arms up before their Sunday game to show support for the Ferguson protesters.

The St. Louis Police Association on Sunday night called on the NFL to punish the five players who entered the stadium with their hands up. The police group said the gesture was “tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.”

In a Monday statement to USA Today, the NFL said that no disciplinary action will be taken.

“We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey said after the game that they did not mean for the pose to be offensive or controversial.

“Violence should stop. There’s a lot of violence going on here in St. Louis. We definitely hear about it all, and we just want it to stop,” he said, according to USA Today.

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