The team also stood by the players, and when asked if the team would fine the players, Ram’s head coach Jeff Fischer stated the following:
“As far as the choice that the players made, no, they were exercising their right to free speech,… They will not be disciplined by the club nor will they be disciplined by the National Football League as it was released today.”
“I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”
Fighting words from Mr. Roorda, but just who is he? Well, therein lies a whole new tale. It seems the Mr. Roorda, the newest voice of the fascist, racist right, is himself a former police officer who did more to disgrace the uniform than few others who have ever become the voice of any police organization. It seems that Roorda was a sworn officer for the city of Arnold, Missouri, also in Jefferson County, and that back in July of 1997, he was reprimanded for filing a report replete with false statements, so done for the purpose of coveringup the true facts of an apprehension and arrest of a suspect. As a result of the false report, charges against the suspect were dropped.
Then in 2001, while still an officer on the Arnold police force, Roorda requested 12 weeks of leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and he further asked that he receive full pay for his leave time. Arnold Chief of Police Dale Fredeking responded to his requests, informing him in a written memorandum that he could receive FMLA time off, but that it would be unpaid, and that he first had to use all of his accrued paid vacation
There were numerous witnesses outside the Chief’s office during the meeting, including people whose desks were directly outside the office. These witnesses all testified that they were aware of no evidence of the allegations made by Roorda. Even more relevant was the fact the Roorda actually tape recorded the meeting with the Chief and he turned the recording over to the investigators. The investigators’ findings, based on the witnesses and the tape recording, were summed up as follows: “Chief Fredeking did not slam his fist on his desk, did not yell at Roorda, and in no way attempted to intimidate Roorda.”
Due to his false complaint against the Chief, Roorda was terminated from the Arnold police department. Roorda filed an appeal of his termination with the Missouri Court of Appeals, which upheld his termination (Jeffrey Roorda v The City of Arnold, No. WD 62570). The above facts are taken from the Court’s opinion and decision.
THIS is the guy threatening the St. Louis Rams, the NFL, and Rams’ fans, that cops and their supporters will “throw a flag on this play”, whatever that may actually mean.