St. Louis Rams are actually making waves over something that has nothing to do with football.
A few days ago, a few of the St. Louis Ram players decided to do a “silent protest” in reference to Mike Brown. We all know about the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose that people have been using. Well, a few of the players did their own “demonstration” during their entrance into the game. And why not: this was a local situation that turned into a worldwide cry for justice. If you ask me, you either stand for something or sit for nothing.
And no, I don’t mean fall for anything. Some won’t even give the effort to even fall.
There is more to be said about this from HuffPo:
Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt came out together first, with the move obscured by a smoke machine in the upper reaches of the Edward Jones Dome. Cook, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens then came out and stood together with hands raised in the fog.
Some witnesses said Michael Brown had his hands up before being fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in August. Brown had been unarmed.
“I don’t want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it,” Britt said. “What would I like to see happen? Change in America.”
After Tre Mason scored on an 8-yard run to make it 45-0 in the fourth quarter, he and Britt raised their hands together.
“It touched a lot of us. It added fuel to our fire,” Mason said. 
St. Louis Rams vs. St. Louis?
Yet, there had to be a mumble and grumble coming from somewhere about this particular situation. First, there is the “apology” that was supposed to be desired by the police department. Some say it happened. Others feel otherwise. And then, they took to Twitter with it all.
"At no time in any of the conversations did I apologize for the actions of our players." — Kevin Demoff to me just a moment ago.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) December 2, 2014
Demoff said he expressed remorse about how the actions of the players were construed but did not apologize for the actions themselves.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) December 2, 2014
Apology: "expression of regret for not being able to do something" @kdemoff: "I regretted any offense their officers may have taken."
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) December 2, 2014
And…you get the idea.
But, wait: there is even more foolishness to add! Timeout Sports Bar went right into full gear to disown their local football team due to their demonstration. They noted that it had nothing to do with Mike Brown, Ferguson, or anything of that matter. What it did have to do with is the “demonstration during a football game”. From what I understand, they felt that the demonstration was “unprofessional”.
And, as usual, I’m not buying that crap.
St. Louis Rams vs. Faux Post Racial Society
Here is the problem that I have with this entire situation: what is with all the issues? Whatever happened to “freedom of speech”? Do you see me decrying Charles Barkley and saying “I will never watch TNT” because I don’t agree with what he said? No. Why? Cause I don’t have to agree. My agreement/disagreement has no bearing on me dealing with someone.
Also, any reader out there that wants to say “freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of consequence”, please do me a favor: spare me the jargon. Sometimes, the best consequence for someone’s feelings is to “smile and nod”. Other times, it may be best to just ignore them. But, going through all of these changes (apology demands, disowning your home team) over differing beliefs is pretty foolish.
The bigger elephant in the room is the racial climate that all of these actions create. So many of us have this thirst for a “post racial society” that isn’t going to happen. Others have even went on to say that racism is nothing more than a “distraction from the economic issues of America” (which is debatable yet sensible nonetheless). However, a simple demonstration against a (police)man killing a boy (regardless of what people believe) with little regard to any judicial justification should trouble anybody. I don’t care if you are the wife of J’onn J’onzz and your skin shapeshifts: someone being killed without a blink of an eye in a courtroom is pretty inhumane.
Then again, I keep forgetting that our athletes are to be the “40 Million Dollar Slaves” that William C. Rhoden mentioned a few years back. You know: it is best to be seen with bling than saying anything? THAT is what we are supposed to expect from our athletes: total cooperation in trade for monetary compensation. Lebron James does it quite often. Michael Jordan did it himself. Larry Johnson (basketball) refused to and look at what happened to him. That is America for you, though: many expect you to earn that good money and be a good ole silent boy about it.
I say fuck them and their money.
St. Louis Rams Did the Right Thing
Personally, the St. Louis Rams players did right by themselves. They did what they did and they owe no apologies. What would be the point of apologizing anyway? They did nothing directly disrespectful. It is just that people did not agree. So, are we really making requirements for people to apologize for their beliefs? Or are we expecting people to be conformists that lack any personal judgment or opinions?
You tell me which is which.
‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!