Many of those in professional sports, including NBA and NFL, are paying tribute to the officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin wore a peace sign under the NY logo on his blue pullover during the game against the St. Louis Rams to show his respect. The reason for it? It was his way of paying tribute to officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed in their cars in Brooklyn on Saturday. During an interview and a press conference held after the game, Coughlin couldn’t hold in his emotions about the law enforcement officers’ deaths.
He also said this after the game:
“The New York Giants wanted to honor and mourn the assassination of the two New York City policemen that took place last night. Let’s let the voice of reason prevail. Violence never solved anything. I realize there are issues, but solve them with non-violent means.”
According to ESPN, even Jets players, staff, and fans held a moment of silence for those officers before their game against the New England Patriots. Jets Center Nick Mangold wore a NYPD during introductions and the national anthem, as well as making this statement:
“Those two officers, it’s a shame. That’s tough,” Mangold said. “Those guys, they do a great job. I’ve been here nine years. Every one of those guys that’s out there, that risks their lives every day, to go out there and keep the community safe, protect the community — for that to happen, for those two guys, for their families, that’s a raw deal. If wearing that hat gives a little bit of comfort or shows support for those folks, I’m happy to do it.”
A photo + tweet was also posted of Coughlin’s jacket: