TMZ caught up with Al Sharpton and asked him about more people getting involved in Ferguson (even mentioning Brad Pitt for some reason). Sharpton said he’s not going to force anyone to speak out and people can show their support “on whatever level they want.”
But Sharpton had nothing but praise for the St. Louis Rams players that engaged in a “hands up, don’t shoot” silent protest on Sunday night. “They had a right to do it,” he said. “It was much appreciated. I respect and admire them, and I think to criticize people for expressing themselves is against what America should be about.”
Sharpton was referring to a rebuke issued by the St. Louis Police Officers Association condemning those players. The St. Louis police claimed last night the Rams apologized, though the Rams refuted that claim.
And as for whether more players should engage in this kind of protest, Sharpton said, “I think all of ’em should, because they all could have members of their family or themselves become victims.”
Watch the video below, via TMZ:
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