Since Sunday, a silent gesture has said more than any words possibly could, and no matter the intent from five players of the St. Louis Rams, the reaction—and subsequent national debate—is deafening.
There are people, otherwise reasonable Americans, who find what Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt did on Sunday to be deplorable.
There are people who find what those five young men did to be offensive to the police, in direct support of those who chose to riot in the wake of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, in late November. We had a caller on our Bleacher Report Radio show this morning on SiriusXM suggest that members of the Rams simply, and silently, raising their hands in the air was akin to high-fiving a thug carrying a Molotov cocktail.
Hands up. It was a gesture, not a protest. It was a show of support for the community—their community—and not a directed knock at the hardworking police who have been assigned to protect the team, the stadium and that very community. For anyone to suggest otherwise is either missing the point of the display or purposefully changing the conversation to meet their own political agendas.