Colbert Eviscerate-Burnslams Police Union That Took Issue With The Rams’ Choice Of Hand Gesture
Before Sunday's kickoff against the Oakland Raiders, five Rams players entered the field at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome with their hands raised -- a gesture that got local cops all fired up. ICYMI, this country has been working through some deep-seeded racial issues over the last few months/400 years, culminating with this wonton display of disrespect for law enforcement.
Law enforcement that, from time to time, unfairly targets, harasses, and kills African Americans. But back to those damn hands...
The St. Louis Police Officers' Association, whose feelings were very very hurt by the way some football players held their arms for 30 seconds on Sunday, threatened to stop buying NFL merchandise if the league didn't do something about these marauding bands of vigilante hands-holder-uppers.
[SLOPA] “I KNOW THAT THERE ARE THOSE THAT WILL SAY THAT THESE PLAYERS ARE SIMPLY EXERCISING THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. WELL I’VE GOT NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT WAY, COPS HAVE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS TOO, AND WE PLAN TO EXERCISE OURS. I'd remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser's products. It's cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it's not the NFL and the Rams, then it'll be cops and their supporters."
Ya! You tell 'em!
SLOPA -- which is the acronym for the police union in St. Louis, and not just the name of everybody's favorite Eastern European lovable goofball troll from the hit Ukrainian TV Series "It's Slopa!" -- was kind enough to interpret the hand gesture for us.
[SLOPA] "Now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson's account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again."
The irony is that unarmed, law-abiding black men and women are unlawfully searched, followed, stopped, frisked, and arrested on a daily basis in Missouri and the country, generally. There's no way on Earth those Rams players could've been referencing that -- or the fact that 40% of time police shoot black men, no weapon is found.
Nope. They were deifying Michael Brown and disrespecting the ruling of the Ferguson Grand Jury. That's that. Now move along people. Nothing to see here.
The Rams organization has since apologized for how SLOPA perceived the gesture. Clearly, the players were surrendering to the Raiders.
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