NFL star J.J Watt said he doesn’t understand the fans reaction after they booed last night. The Kansas City Chiefs and Watts’ own Houston Texans gathered on the field for a “moment of unity”. The two teams locked arms from end zone to end zone in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Vocal fans booed the players, leaving the Texans defensive end confused.
“The moment of unity I personally thought was good,” Watt told NFL Media. “I mean, the booing during that moment was unfortunate. I don’t fully understand that. There was no flag involved. There was nothing involved other than two teams coming together to show unity.”
Texans coach Bill O’Brien believes fans were booing at the Texans rather than the NFL ‘moment of unity.’
Fans can be heard booing during the pre-game moment of silence. Texans coach Bill O’Brien believes vocal Chiefs fans were booing at the Texans rather than the moment of silence. The NFL allowed a limited crowd of 17,000 fans into the stadium to watch the Chiefs play the Texans.
“I thought that that was a nice thing to do. So I’m not sure why they would boo that,” O’Brien said.
The Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he did not hear boos during the moment of silence. He only learned about the fan reaction afterwards.
“I thought that was kind of a neat deal, both sides coming together for a cause. And the story was told there,” Reid said. “We can all learn from this, and really it’s just to make us all better, even a stronger country than we already are. We have a chance to just be completely unstoppable when all hands join together and that’s a beautiful thing.”
Likewise, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes believed the two teams showed the league is unified in standing against social inequalities.
“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.”
[H/T: New York Post]