Prior to the Washington Redskins preseason game with the Cleveland Browns, players from the Redskins secondary took the field showing the “hands up, don’t shoot” sign in protest for the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown. Ferguson has been the scene of mass protesting and rioting in the wake of the shooting.Only the Redskins secondary took part in the protest and it had no effect on the game. But I would expect more NFL players to mimic the protest moving forward as it’s a strong yet simple way to show support for what’s happening in Ferguson, and it no words need be spoken to see what the players are trying to say.
Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather stated: “We just want to show our supporters what’s going on in St. Louis, we just wanted to show support.” The Redskins secondary not only showed support for Ferguson, Missouri but also showed solidarity for each other, as the display is a controversial move but the group came out in unison together on the issue.
The unrest in Ferguson over the Brown shooting continues and seems to escalate in controversy with each passing day. But regardless of what side you’re on or who you believe, any support to end the violence in this situation is a good idea.