Fox News host Bill O'Reilly slammed the St. Louis Rams on his show over a gesture made by five players as they entered the field for Sunday's game, saying they aren't smart enough to know what they were actually doing. The players had their hands in the air, symbolizing the "hands up, don't shoot" demonstration that has been spreading nationwide in the days following a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
The St. Louis Police Association quickly responded following the gesture, which players maintain was meant to show support for the Ferguson community and not to make a statement about the grand jury decision, demanding that the team apologize and be punished by the NFL. NFL officials have said that they will not punish the players or make them apologize.
O'Reilly, who has been outspoken about the shooting and the protests and riots that followed, strongly criticized the actions of the Rams players and reiterated his position on the growing issue of mistrust and tensions between police and minorities in America. O'Reilly, who said he believes that the shooting of black teenagers by white police officers is "not an epidemic" or a "hunting down of black youth," thinks that the five Rams players who made the gesture weren't aware of what they were actually protesting.
"Quite frankly, I don't think they're smart enough to know what they're doing," O'Reilly said. "I don't. I absolutely don't think they're smart enough to know what they're doing."
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