LANDOVER, Md. – Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather said the team's defensive backs decided as a group to pay pregame tribute to slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown as they came through the tunnel and onto FedEx Field for Monday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
Meriweather was among the defensive backs who came through the tunnel with their hands up, referencing reports that Brown had raised his hands in surrender when he was shot and killed earlier this month by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.
"We just wanted everybody to know that we support Michael and acknowledge what happened in Ferguson,'' Meriweather told USA TODAY Sports. "Crazy things happen every day in this world.
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"It was all of ours idea, something we decided to do as a group just to show our support.''
Second-year cornerback David Amerson followed the lead of veteran players such as Meriweather.
"It really was some of the older guys' idea,'' Amerson said. "As a DB group, we try and do everything together. Everyone agreed to it and we just did it."