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    NEW YORK (AP)—The NFL is stepping up its monitoring of on-field player activities to ensure that no one is flashing the hand signals of street gangs.

    The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the league had hired experts to look at game tapes and identify players or team officials who might be using suspected gang signals. Violators would be warned and disciplined if the episodes recurred.

    League officials said Tuesday that avoiding gang-related activities has long been stressed.

    They said the scrutiny was intensified after the shooting death of Denver cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007 after Williams was involved in a dispute with known gang members. Anti-gang information is included in orientation literature and stressed in the annual mandatory league meeting for rookies.

    The NFL took further notice after Paul Pierce of the NBA’s Boston Celtics was fined $25,000 in April for what the league said was a “menacing gesture” toward the Atlanta Hawks’ bench. “I 100 percent do not in any way promote gang violence or anything close to it.” Pierce said in a statement. “I am sorry if it was misinterpreted that way at Saturday’s game.”

    The Times said that was the precipitating incident for the NFL.

    “We were always suspicious that might be happening,” it quoted Mike Pereira, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, as saying of gang-related signals. “But the Paul Pierce thing is what brought it to light. When he was fined … that’s when we said we need to take a look at it and see if we need to be aware of it.”

    Most senior NFL officials were at a league outing Tuesday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

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    That's pretty crazy... I wonder whom they're looking at.
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    • #3
      Paul Pierce and his gang sign to Atlanta in the playoffs

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      • #4
        freedom of expression???


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        • #5
          its their league, they can crack down on whatever the hell they want

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          • #6
            Yea, I like to flash my gang signs to the Amish in their buggies. You know, so they know whose territory they're in.
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            • #7
              Someone already mentioned this, but I'll go ahead and reiterate the point. The NFL belongs to the owners, with the league commissioner acting as it's GM to oversee daily operations and police the league as he see's fit. It's their league, so the commissioner should police the league as he see's fit. Not by the views or opinions of it's players or the NFLPA. If they don't like it, there's the Arena or Canadian Football League. Do I hate some of the rules they have at work? Hell yeah I do. But my boss will say the same thing if I were to tell him that I thought a certain rule sucks. He'll tell me I "don't have to work here" nor am I "obligated to come back here". "Go work for someone else then" would be his parting words.

              When you go to work (if you're employed) and you're wearing your suit or a uniform representing your organization, would it be okay if you were to walk around the office flashing some sort of sign with your fingers, whether it's a gang, the victory, peace or some foolish sign you and your friends made up as a joke between you all? I don't think so. I'd be surprised your boss doesn't tell you to "knock it off" (unless your boss is your dad, uncle or cousin). What compounds it is the fact outside you and your circle of friends, no one else knows what the hell you're signing. It's not Goodell's or the owner's responsibility to research all the known gang signs so they can decipher the different signs being flashed on game day so they can decide which are the bad signs and which are the okay ones the players can flash. It goes back to that old belief of 'if not everyone can do it, then no one should be able to do it'.

              I can just see it now. All or most fans are griping about how foolish this new "crackdown" is. So players are running around the field flashing a hand sign after a TD or something. Everything's fine for now. But then, all it takes is one guy, one player to make a sign which another player will misconstrue as something else, and an all-out melee breaks out. I guess it'd be okay in certain fans eyes because hey, it was just a little misunderstanding. Right?
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              • #8
                Joseph Addai throws up west side on his touchdowns. I've noticed that a lot as well as other players. Moss does his little separation thing. Steve Johnson puts his hands on his chest in form of wings. I can't get anymore specific seeing as I don't necessarily pay attention but i've seen a lot of this before.

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                • #9
                  And I'm not saying those three ARE meaning gang symbols it's just something I've passivly noticed.

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                  • #10
                    They actually wrote about this on the website to the biggest swedish sports paper and the picture next to the article was Brett Favre raising his index fingers in the air which, as we all know, is a really infamous gang sign...
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                    • #11
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