Five players from the St. Louis Rams came under fire after raising their hands high in a gesture of solidarity with slain teen Michael Brown before Sunday’s brutal beating of the Raiders. 

Demanding apologies from players  Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt , Edward Jones Dome, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Jared Cook, the St. Louis Police Association advised that “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.”

After declining to take any action against the players, the NFL has released it’s own response  via its Vice President of Communications, Brian McCarthy:

“We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation.”

Looks like the NFL finally gets it.

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