by Scott Aberdeen | Top Right Sports
A few weeks ago members of the St. Louis Rams took the field with the discredited “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture that forensic evidence and witnesses proved Michael Brown never used. They were widely panned for it by fans, and most especially by St. Louis police.
On Sunday, a New York Jets player had a very different message for his local police — one of support.
As his team took the field to face their rivals from New England, center Nick Mangold replaced the traditional helmet with this baseball cap:
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) December 21, 2014
His support for the NYPD comes as New York City has been ripped apart by a race-baiting mayor who bashed police, violent protests led by Al Sharpton, and a horrible execution-style killing of two NYPD cops as they sat in their squad car.
Here’s how Mangold described his show of respect on Facebook:
Twitter rightfully praised Mangold’s act:
— Brandon Tierney (@BrandonTierney) December 21, 2014
— Steven Estep (@stevestep38) December 21, 2014
Unfortunately, Mangold had to later leave the game with a terrible knee injury in the first half.
But as he was carted off the field in pain, in an amazing show of respect, dozens of players from both sides of the field ran over to him as he exited the field.
Sign of respect for Jets' injured center Nick Mangold: As he's taken off on cart, players from both Jets AND Patriots come over to him.
— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) December 21, 2014
Thank you, Nick Mangold, and we pray for your speedy recovery.