St. Louis Rams wide receivers Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin entered the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, Sunday with their hands raised in a gesture adopted by protesters across the nation in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, 18, in nearby Ferguson.
The gesture, generally referred to as “Hands up, don’t shoot,” was first seen during the initial wave of protests after Brown was shot to death by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28. It resurfaced again this past week following the news that a grand jury would not be indicting Wilson.
This isn’t the first time the gesture has been seen during an NFL game: In August, the secondary lineup of the Washington Redskins came onto the field with their hands raised. “We have voices, even though sometimes we don’t like to see it that way, we do have voices. We got the opportunity to do something,” veteran safety Ryan Clark told the Washington Post.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed earlier Sunday via Twitter that the NFL and Rams both had contingency plans in place should the game have been impacted by protests in nearby Ferguson.