Rep. Green To Honor ‘Hands-Up’ Rams Players With American Flags

By Eric Scheiner | December 3, 2014 | 12:39pm EST

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) told members of the House Wednesday morning that he plans to honor the St. Louis Rams players who entered the field with a ‘hands-up’ pose in solidarity with protesters upset at the failure of the grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's death.

Rams players Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt caused controversy after taking the field with a ‘hands-up’ pose during last Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

Taking the House floor Wednesday Rep. Green said, “I also want to note that what happened with the Rams players was a seminal moment and I want to legitimize what they did.”

“I have already said that I will have flags flown over the Capitol of the United States of America in each person's name.”

Green’s office confirmed to that the lawmaker desires to have flags flown over the Capitol given to each of the five Rams players in recognition for their actions.

Green addressed the criminal records that some of these players have, by noting that George Washington wasn’t perfect, but is still honored.

“Somebody is going to say, ‘well, what about people who may have committed a crime?’ Washington wasn't perfect but we honored him. Jefferson wasn't perfect. We honor him. “

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The players said after the game, they raised their arms in a "hands up" gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Wide receiver Kenny Britt made headlines in 2011 after being arrested in New Jersey on three counts, including a felony, following an alleged car chase with police. The charges were later reduced.

In 2012 Britt pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace, following a drug related arrest. He has been arrested on other charges as well.

Wide receiver Stedman Bailey was reportedly cited for shoplifting in 2012 for an incident involving cold medicine.


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