Saturday, July 26, 2008

NFL Hires Gang Experts

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Suspicious hand gestures during celebratory touchdown dances have NFL officials going to the videotape.

The league has hired experts to review various game tapes and identify any hand signals of street gangs, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. While the league has always dissuaded players against the use of such symbols, warnings were strengthened by the recent shooting death of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams involving known gang members.

On April 28, Paul Pierce of the NBA’s Boston Celtics was fined $25,000 for his use of “menacing gestures” toward the Atlanta Hawks bench during a game in April. Pierce denied that he was using gang signs, telling the Associated Press that his foundation is committed to keeping kids away from gangs. Nonetheless, the episode raised concerns in the NFL. -- Fox News

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