With Ferguson, Missouri acting as the epicenter of a new national movement against police brutality and social injustice after former Ferguson police office Darren Wilson received no indictment for fatally killing 18-year-old Mike Brown, one might think the police department would have some pressing issues. Or they’d at least be too busy to get into twitter beefs with local sports teams and social media users.
Well yesterday, the St. Louis PD proved that they don’t have anything better to do with their time. After five St. Louis Rams players, receivers Kenny Britt, Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and tight end Jared Cook, were all introduced pre-game against the Oakland Raiders with their hands raised, some St. Louis PD officials took issue with them. The St. Louis Police Officers Association was “profoundly disappointed” and called for the Rams and the NFL to discipline the players. They also asked for an apology.
Both the Rams organization and the NFL opted to side with the players, moving not to discipline any of the five for their solidarity with the Ferguson situation. However, County Police Chief Jon Belmar claimed that Rams VP of Football Operations, Kevin Demoff, emailed an apology, one he reiterated to his staff. The biggest problem is that Demoff didn’t apologize. He simply said “I expressed regret that players actions were construed negatively against law enforcement.” He then added “at no time in any of the conversations did I apologize for the actions of our players.
Then things got petty when the St. Louis PD sent out the above tweet. Once twitter grabs a hold of anything, there’s no coming back. See what twitter had to say about this exchange by clicking the arrows above.