Kelly Slater surfs with ‘hands up’ for Michael Brown, Ferguson

(Gregory Boissy / AFP / Getty Images)

Surfer Kelly Slater is in Tahiti, thousands of miles from Ferguson, Mo., but the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing unrest there have been on his mind.

Slater, who is competing in the Billabong Pro Tahiti competition, used his sport to make a statement about Brown, who was shot to death by a St. Louis County police officer. Slater posted the image to Instagram, with the words “”One for #MikeBrown, #DontShoot #Ferguson #HandsUp.”

Slater isn’t the only athlete who has memorialized Brown. Members of the Washington Redskins defensive secondary came onto the field for a preseason game Monday night with their hands up and earlier this week Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon posted an Instagram photo of teammates with the message: “#HandsUpDontShoot We are all #MikeBrown.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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