NFL fans can be heard booing during a moment of silence for the Black Lives Matter Movement. The moment occurred last night between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. Players from both teams locked arms in a moment of solidarity.
“With everything going on in this country, we wanted to show that we’re unified as a league,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes told NBC after throwing three touchdowns in a 34-20 win. ‘We are not going to let football distract us from making a change in the world.”
Fans at the Kansas City, Missouri stadium voiced their displeasure during the moment of silence. The NFL allowed a limited crowd of 17,000 to attend the event, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Kansas Chiefs and Houston Texans supported Black Lives Matter.
Thirty minutes before kick off, the Chiefs players formed along the goal line in support of social justice initiatives. A video showcased the words “It Takes All of Us” and a performance by Alicia Keys. Keys performed the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which has been referred to as the black national anthem. The NFL will play the song before every Week 1 game to address racism and inequality.
The Texans players remained in the locker room both during “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and the national anthem. According to Daily Mail, the team refused to attend the national anthem in protest for social justice. When the song finished, the Texas and their coaching staff joined the Chiefs on the field.
During the national anthem, many Chiefs players stood and held their hands over their hearts. But notably, defensive end Alex Okafor knelt with one fist in the air.
The two teams met at midfield to shake hands. Messages such as “We believe black lives matter” and “It takes all of us” flashed across the screen. Before the coin toss, the two teams formed a line from one end zone to the other.
Many fans allegedly booed in response of the pregame demonstration.
[H/T: Daily Mail]