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The National Football League has hired experts to determine whether players have thrown up gang signs during games, according to a published report Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Times reported the league will have the experts study game tapes to confirm or deny suspicions that players are flashing gang hand gestures in post-play celebrations.
The report said the NFL has warned players about gangs and organized crime, but their concerns have become more prevalent since former Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed last year in an incident involving known gang members.
TheNFL's actions come two months after Boston Celtics swingman Paul Pierce was fined $25,000 for what the league deemed "menacing gestures" toward the Atlanta Hawks bench in their first-round playoff series.
Pierce said it was not a gang sign, but a gesture of solidarity with his teammates -- something that the reigning NBA champions had been doing all season. The NFL wasn't as sure.
"We were always suspicious that (gang-related hand signals) might be happening," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice-president of officiating. "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."
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Yup, they are. Although, I think most are wannabes or ignorant and just mimicking. In the Pierce case he is definitely signing a similar "B" that the bloods gang sign with. But, of course, he claims its a B for Boston (which I believe). Similar to the William's sister on their "Got Milk" cover. Venus is clearly signing a "C" crip sign but later claims it was C for their native Compton, CA. Coincidentally, their half-sister would be killed by Crip member years later.

Some of them "represent" by speaking for example "Whats popping?" "Lets get it popping" (BLOODS) or "Whats cracking?" "Lets get it cracking" (CRIPS) verbal gang signage.

 
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