Are you pissed off that players for the St. Louis Rams are supporting protests against the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner? Ready to boycott the team and get rid of your jersey?
We know just what you should do.
The group Boycott St. Louis Rams is organizing a jersey and clothing drive Saturday for the homeless, accepting donations of Rams gear from fans (or ex-fans) who don't want to sport the team's logo after players publicly supported the Ferguson protest movement.
The clothing drive is intended to be a productive response to the players' actions, "as opposed to the destructive fashion that some protesters have chosen," says the Facebook post about the clothing drive. A group of Rams fans renounced the team last weekend by burning their jerseys, and the south-city sports bar Time Out Bar & Grill took down all Rams signs and pictures to protest the players' "boneheaded" support of Ferguson demonstrations.
Boycott St. Louis Rams plans to donate jerseys, Rams gear and other clothing donations to homeless people in St. Louis and Los Angeles, where the Rams are rumored to move if the team doesn't get the new stadium owners have been clamoring for.
The group will also donate coats to Warner's Winter Warmup, a two-week coat drive sponsored by former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner. Boycott St. Louis Rams says it's supporting Warner's annual charity, which collects 15,000 coats each year, to show fans can "support an ex-player who has benefited the area instead of continuing a divisive message."
One Rams fan from Arizona asked St. Louisans not to waste or burn Rams clothes out of anger over the players' gestures of solidarity.
"It does no good to burn the clothes instead of giving them to someone that needs them for warmth," Darrick Simpson, who says he's a 40-year fan of the team, writes on Facebook. "The whole purpose of this is to make a statement of disgust with the Rams."
Not everyone agreed.
"I found it very satisfying, burning my Rams down winter coat, knowing that no one will wear it and provide free advertising for these idiots ever again," Jake Jablonsky commented on the announcement about the clothing drive.
The Rams' receiving corp made national headlines before a game against the Oakland Raiders by entering the field with hands raised in the "Hands up, don't shoot" gesture now synonymous with the Ferguson protests. The next week, before a game against Washington, starting guard Davin Joseph wrote "I can't breathe" on his wrist tapes in reference to Eric Garner, who died in a fatal choke-hold from a New York City police officer in July, and wide receiver Kenny Britt covered his shoes with the names of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
Boycott St. Louis Rams is accepting donations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at the Have Bible Will Travel Church, at 1745 Craig Road in Maryland Heights. The group says the church is not "choosing sides" by agreeing to take donations.