Washington Football Players Honor Michael Brown With ‘Hands Up’ Protest


Washington safety Brandon Meriweather

As protests continued to rage in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting death of Michael Brown, players from Washington’s football team paid tribute to the 18-year-old killed by a police officer before their preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.

Defensive backs Ryan Clark, Brandon Meriweather, and DeAngelo Hall led the team onto the field with their hands raised in the air, mimicking the “hands up, don’t shoot” message that has become a rallying cry for protesters since Brown’s death last week. Other members of the team’s secondary joined in the brief demonstration too.

“That could have been any one of us,” Clark told CBS DC after the game. “That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins… When you get an opportunity to make a statement, and be more than a football player, it’s good.”

Via Deadspin, here is a video of the entry:

The tribute was the first on-field acknowledgment of Ferguson during the NFL preseason, though the St. Louis Rams over the weekend donated more than 200 tickets to their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers to three Ferguson-area high school football teams.