The NFL season began Thursday night with the opening game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. The scattered fans that attended the game allegedly could be heard booing the teams’ moment of unity at midfield prior to the coin toss.
As a sign of unity, both teams lined up at midfield after the national anthem and briefly locked arms. Then they shook hands and got ready for the coin toss. The short and simple gesture was to help bring awareness to social justice issues. However, fans watching at home noticed the limited number of fans who were in attendance appeared to boo throughout the moment of unity.
Twitter Reacts to Fans Booing the Moment of Unity
Football fans watching at home were shocked by the crowd’s reaction. The players did not kneel, and waited until after the national anthem for their moment of unity. Yet, many of the fans in attendance still booed. Accordingly, Twitter users sounded off on the incident.
Many of the fans simply did not understand the booing considering it was not during the national anthem.
Other fans thought the booing was embarrassing, and think the fans should be ashamed by their actions.
Of course, there were plenty of other fans who disagreed with the criticisms. Many fans thought the booing in the stands was caused by the Texans team staying in their locker room during the national anthem.
Others thought the booing was justified, and still connected the issue to politics.
The fans are not the only people to react to the situation. In fact, multiple players have reacted in interviews and online, including Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Texans defensive linemen J.J. Watt.
The controversy over the Kansas City crowd booing the moment of unity will surely be a hot topic throughout the weekend as the rest of the NFL’s week one games are played.