Chiefs coach Andy Reid reacts to statements by Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu
The Kansas City Chiefs and longtime NFL head coach Andy Reid are fresh off of a Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers. However, Reid and company have spent the majority of this offseason either working together virtually or working toward making the United States a better place, one that prides itself on inclusion and anti-racist values.
As a result, Reid is proud of at least two of his superstar players in quarterback Patrick Mahomes and versatile defender Tyrann Mathieu, each of which recently took part in a “Black Lives Matter” video that featured a slew of well-known NFL players. The video was made to express the players’ opposition to both police brutality against African Americans and racism in the United States in general.
“Black Lives Matter,” Reid said, via Nate Taylor of The Athletic. “They absolutely matter. I appreciate Patrick and Tyrann for what they did and standing up in making a statement.”
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 5, 2020
It is also worth noting that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put out a video of his own shortly after the players’ video surfaced throughout social media. Because both Goodell and the NFL remained at the forefront of the kneeling during the national anthem protests from former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it appeared as though players from around the league wanted the commissioner to make a statement of his own as well.
“When I got the video, [Saints wide receiver] Michael Thomas actually sent me the video and the script, I loved the idea,” the aforementioned Mahomes recently said of the video, via NFL Network’s James Palmer. “I want to just get every piece of information I could on it. I called everybody that I really trust and talked to them about it and really decided that I really felt like I needed to be in this video, and I needed to show my support unite with the players to show that we care. And that was how we came to make that video, and obviously the NFL has come back and shown and kind of supported what we said and that’s the first step. But we want to make sure it leads to action. That it leads to different things in the community that we can go out and do to make the world a better place.”
“We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier … We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter.”
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 5, 2020
Players from around the league have continued to voice their opinions in an attempt to cease racism in this country. As a result, some players have already revealed that they plan on kneeling during the national anthem in 2020-21 while it remains to be seen as to whether or not Reid’s Chiefs ultimately do so.