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Rams players won’t be punished over “Hands Up” gesture

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Update: According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams COO Kevin Demhoff has apologized for Hands Up gesture by players in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Police Officers Association says the five Rams players who stood with their hands raised before Sunday's game should be disciplined and the NFL should publicly apologize.

Some witnesses said Michael Brown, who was black, had his hands up before being fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson in August. Wilson testified to the grand jury that Brown hit him and reached for his gun.

The association released a statement Sunday that says the players' gesture was ``tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.''

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he wasn't aware the gesture had been planned by the players, who are all black.

Tight end Jared Cook said change ``starts with the people that are the most influential around the world.''

St. Louis Rams Statement On Hands Up Gesture