York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) wears an NYPD cap
during the coin toss with teammate Zach Sudfeld (44)
and New England Patriots' Devin McCourty (32) and
Matthew Slater (18) before an NFL football game
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he
heard the news Saturday that two New York City police
officers were killed in the line of duty.
York Jets defensive lineman who has been critical of law
enforcement in the past spoke out Sunday in support of
Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. They were fatally
ambushed in their squad car in Brooklyn by a gunman with a
long criminal record.
innocent blood was spilled," Richardson said after New
York's 17-16 loss to New England. "I'm not with that at
all. That's the message that I'm trying to get across. It's
sad, real sad that two officers lost their lives and can't
go home to their families. It's just tough, man."
from the St. Louis area, had recently been critical of the
grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, which didn't indict
officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown on
Aug. 9. He wrote on Twitter after the jury's decision that
"they let this pig get off."
Liu were shot while sitting in their patrol car in the
Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The gunman, Ismaaiyl
Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting
wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of
theirs," officials said.
don't know the guy, I don't know the perp," Richardson
said. "I just heard that two officers lost their lives
sitting in their car. I'm with the peaceful protests and
stuff like that, defending your rights. ... That's not the
way to go, murdering innocent cops."
Nick Mangold wore a black NYPD cap while walking into
MetLife Stadium off the team bus, and held it to his heart
during the singing of the national anthem. The team also
observed a 10-second moment of silence before the game.
who left the game with an ankle injury in the second
quarter, said in the locker room that it was "a
shame" to hear the news.
one of those guys that's out there, they risk their lives
every day," Mangold said. "They go out there to
keep the community safe and for that to happen to those two
guys, their families, that's a raw deal. If wearing that
(cap) gives them a little bit of comfort or shows support
for those folks, I'm happy to do it."
Jeff Cumberland took to Twitter on Saturday after hearing
about the shootings to offer his condolences.
does nothing except cause more tension," he wrote.
"Thoughts and prayers up for the families of the NYPD
officers from today's shooting."
Louis, Giants coach Tom Coughlin wore a black strip on the
left shoulder and a peace sign under the "NY" logo
on his pullover for the team's game against the Rams. A
Giants spokesman said Coughlin made the personal decision to
pay tribute to the fallen officers.
hope that the voice of reason can prevail," Coughlin
said. "Violence never solves anything.
realize there are issues, but solve them with non-violent