Update from Monday, Dec. 1
NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy said the league will not discipline the St. Louis Rams players who showed support for Ferguson on Sunday, per CNN's Rachel Nichols.
Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols
St Louis Police Assoc asked the NFL to discipline Rams players for their "hands up" gesture. The NFL says they won't. http://t.co/mnHXINy4El12/1/2014, 4:03:11 PM
As well, the Rams organization will not fine the players, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that the players will not face punishment.
Nick Wagoner @nwagoner
Rams coach Jeff Fisher declines to speak about anything beyond football but says 5 players will not face punishment from team for Sunday.12/1/2014, 11:10:46 PM
Nick Wagoner @nwagoner
Fisher says he's a head coach and believes it's important to keep sports and politics separate.12/1/2014, 11:11:41 PM
Update from Sunday, Nov. 30
The St. Louis Police Officers Association is profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.
The St. Louis Rams want the people of Ferguson, Missouri, to know they are behind them during a rough time.
Before Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, several Rams players—including receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt—showed their support by doing the "hands up, don't shoot" signal that has become popular among protesters.
Dave Zirin @EdgeofSports
Here is a four-square photo of STL Rams #handsup solidarity w/#Ferguson Thank you @MatthewACherry http://t.co/TwNonjCtYl”11/30/2014, 6:34:11 PM
After the Rams scored a touchdown in the first quarter, the gesture made another appearance.
Joshua Neuman @joshuaneuman
St. Louis touchdown! #HandsUpDontShoot @TreMason @KennyBritt_18 #Rams http://t.co/7b1gTikVEC11/30/2014, 6:15:28 PM
As Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star reported earlier in the week, there was a chance this game would have to be moved because of the protests. In the end, the game remained in St. Louis. That gave the Rams the opportunity to show a sign of solidarity to the hometown crowd.
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