While they won’t be playing at home this week, it’s probably not as likely that members of the St. Louis Rams will emerge onto the field with their hands up – a message of alliance with those protesting the death of Michael Brown and a grand jury decision not to indict the officer who shot him. But, if they do and if other players begin copying them, the NFL made it pretty clear that this overtly political action by the players will not be punished.
This is troubling to Project 21 member Wayne Dupree, who told host Rick Amato that “the players came out and supported a lie” last week. While Amato said he supported the free speech of the players (while acknowledging the league doesn’t need the political problems associated with their message), Wayne instead called the players “jackasses” and said: “They took to the field and basically… went against the police for doing their job.”
On the 12/2/14 edition of “The Rick Amato Show” on the One America News Network, Wayne said the exhaustive evidence analyzed by the grand jury exonerated Officer Wilson in Brown’s death and the “hands up, don’t shoot” meme the players mimicked is something that is “based on a lie that has gone global.” He said people are largely “reacting on something that… didn’t happen.”
Additionally, in talking about former professional basketball star Charles Barkley calling Ferguson looters “jackasses” and “scumbags,” Wayne said, “100-percent – I agree” with Barkley. Rebutting the narrative that criticism of the rioters is selective, Wayne explained that condoning bad behavior such as went on in Ferguson and elsewhere in protest of a settled legal process is a part of the demeaning leftist mentality that is meant to keep blacks loyal to their political agenda.