St. Louis Rams players put hands up during game in apparent nod to Ferguson

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis.

Five players for the St. Louis Rams came out for pre-game introductions on Sunday with their hands raised to the sky, presumably as a gesture of solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
Rams tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin entered the Edward Jones Dome arena Sunday afternoon with their hands raised. Protesters in Ferguson and cities across the United States frequently chant, "Hands up, don’t shoot" during demonstrations, which have been ongoing since last week when a Missouri grand jury did not indict former police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in August.
The slogan references reports that Brown had been shot with his hands raised in the air.
Some of the players then repeated the gesture after the Rams' first touchdown against Oakland.
Many of the players and Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team wished it could do more for the community, and that it hoped the game would offer a distraction from recent events, ESPN reported.
In addition to the hands-up gesture, just before the game, team players and staff locked arms during the U.S. national anthem "in support of St. Louis," according to the Rams' official Twitter account. The Rams did not immediately respond to Mash's request for comment.
Ferguson protesters also demonstrated just outside the dome, drawing police.

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