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Jets' Richardson stands by strong comments on Ferguson case, supports Rams who raised hands

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson watches during warmups before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit. Richardson felt helpless as he watched the scenes near his hometown unfold on TV and social media. He was born and raised in St. Louis, just a few minutes away from the suburb of Ferguson, Mo., where police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury last week in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson watches during warmups before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit. Richardson felt helpless as he watched the scenes near his hometown unfold on TV and social media. He was born and raised in St. Louis, just a few minutes away from the suburb of Ferguson, Mo., where police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury last week in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)  (The Associated Press)

New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson stands by his strong criticisms regarding the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, including referring to police officer Darren Wilson as a "pig" on Twitter and in a published interview.

Richardson, the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, is from the St. Louis area, less than 10 minutes from Ferguson. Last week, Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury in the shooting death of Brown on Aug. 9.

Richardson says Thursday that his opinion of the case involving the killing of is "not a black or white thing," but adds that "a guy got murdered and a guy got off for it."

Richardson says he supports five Rams players who made the "Hands up. Don't Shoot!" gesture before a game.

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