For a minute, it seemed like the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Police Officers Association had made up after the Association lashed out at the hometown NFL team for allowing five players to make the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture during a game on Sunday.
But the apology over the use of the gesture associated with the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown posted by the Association on Monday turned out to be, well, premature. On Monday night, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar sent out an email to his officers saying he'd had a good discussion with Rams Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the email read:
"Members of the Department,
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.
Mr. Demoff clearly regretted that any members of the Ram's [sic] organization would act in a way that minimized the outstanding work that police officers and departments carry out each and every day. My impression of the call was that it was heartfelt and I assured him that I would share it with my staff."
The only problem was that a short time later, Demoff denied apologizing.
In fact, a statement from the team released a short time later refuted Belmar's claims, saying he spoke to several members of the police fore, but never apologized.
"We had positive discussions today... during which we expressed our respect for their concerns surrounding yesterday's game. What has transpired over the past four months is a tragedy that has impacted our entire community," Demoff said. "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."
ESPN NFL reporter Nick Wagoner said he spoke to Demoff about the mix-up.
As did Fox Sports News NFL reporter Mike Garofolo.
Just before midnight, the St. Louis PD weighed in again, arguing that the not-apology might actually have been an apology after all.