After some spectators at the Kansas City Chiefs’ stadium booed prior to Thursday night’s NFL opener against the Houston Texans, WWE star Titus O’Neil took to social media to blast the fans for their behavior.
“It was clearly Never about the Flag or the Anthem to the @Chiefs Fans that we’re (sic) Booing tonight,” O’Neil writes. “[They] Are True Examples of what’s Wrong in this Country…They come from the #shutupanddribble #DanceForUs #JustPlayBall A** Culture!!! PURE DISGRACE AND CLASSLESS.”
Titus O’Neil retweeted his comments along with a video posted by the NFL showing players from the Chiefs and Texans locking arms across the field in a show of unity. The NFL tweeted the video with the caption, “A moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in our country. #ItTakesAllOfUs.”
Social Media Reacts to WWE’s Titus O’Neil
After posting the tweet, fans swiftly reacted to the 43-year-old WWE star’s thoughts. O’Neil’s comments garnered a heated response from many on the social media platform.
One Twitter user voicing disagreement with O’Neil’s stance writes: “Defund the NFL! That’s where you start! People making millions of Dollars are not going to tell me how to run my life! Give that money to Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, or our Military!”
Another user sharing a similar view to the wrestler commented: “This type of unity has to continue because it is a movement for positivity. Fans are going to have come around and this does not need to stop because it is something that needs to be educated properly. The NFL tonight was showing no disrespect to the flag as I am a veteran.”
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes spoke out about the demonstration after the game. The 24-year-old Super Bowl MVP says that the league hoped to show “unity” given the civil unrest in the country.
“With everything going on in this country, we wanted to show that we’re unified as a league,” Mahomes told NBC. “We are not going to let football distract us from making a change in the world.”
Learn more about how Patrick Mahomes feels in regards to the NFL kneeling controversy here.