Rams deny apologizing to St. Louis police over ‘hands up’ gesture

The St. Louis County Police Department claims a St. Louis Rams executive has apologized for the team regarding the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture shown before Sunday’s game with the Oakland Raiders, but the Rams executive says he never apologized.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar sent the following statement to his officers on Monday, according to Deadspin.

“I received a very nice call this morning from Mr. Kevin Demoff of the St. Louis Rams who wanted to take the opportunity to apologize to our department on behalf of the Rams for the “Hands Up” gesture that some players took the field with yesterday,” the statement read.

But Demoff, executive vice president of football operations and chief operating officer for the Rams, told ESPN reporter Nick Wagoner he never apologized for the players’ actions.

“‘At no time in any conversations did I apologize for the actions of our players.” — Kevin Demoff to me just a moment ago,’” Wagoner’s tweet read.

Following Demoff’s statement, the department released another statement on its Facebook page.

“Chief Belmar was contacted today by St. Louis Rams COO Kevin Demoff. The Chief never asked for anyone from the Rams to contact him. He said the conversation was pleasant. The Chief sent an email to his police staff and used the word ‘apologized.’

“Even though Mr. Demoff stated he never apologized, the Chief believed it to be an apology and the Chief sent the email to police staff to let them know about the call, after he told Mr. Demoff he would share his sentiments with his staff.”

Fox Sports Live tweeted out a copy of the statement from the Rams on Monday night.

“We had positive discussions today with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis County Chief of Police Chief Jon Belmar and representatives from the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association and St. Louis County Police Association during which we expressed our respect for their concerns surrounding (Sunday’s) game.

“What has transpired over the past four months is a tragedy that has impacted our entire community. Together we are beginning a healing process that will require time, energy and honest dialogue. The Rams will continue to build on what have always been strong and valued relationships with local law enforcement and the greater St. Louis community as we come together to help heal our region.”

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