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JJ Watt reacts to fans booing Chiefs and Texans as they locked arms in show of racial unity

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In the season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, boos were heard as the two teams locked arms to show racial unity. Texans defensive end JJ Watt who was right in the middle of the action, couldn’t grasp the reason behind these boos.

Per NFL reporter James Palmer, Watt saw nothing mischievous about the show of unity at the beginning of the game. He pointed out that the locking of arms wasn’t a protest against any flag.

“The moment of unity I personally thought was good. 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.”

Watt has been one of the most outspoken NFL players on the hot topic of racial injustice and police brutality. In fact, he attended the funeral of George Floyd — the unarmed black man who was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

Less than a week after Floyd’s death, JJ Watt wrote out a heartfelt yet strong message on Instagram condemning racism:

“I have never had to feel that fear for my life. I have never had to experience a situation where I felt threatened simply because of the color of my skin. I can’t sit here and pretend to know what that feels like. But I can understand and acknowledge that it’s wrong and that nobody should ever feel discriminated against because of the color of their skin. Racism is a problem and silence won’t solve it.”

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Silence is unacceptable. I spoke on the murder of George Floyd last week, but realize that my comments may not have made their way to Instagram/Facebook and I do not want the absence of those words to imply my silence on the subject. I personally believe that a social media post can only accomplish so much. Listening, learning, understanding and asking how we can help, accomplishes much more. When I first saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, I was disgusted and upset. In no simple terms, George Floyd should be alive right now. There were many ways in which the situation could have been remedied, all of which would have prevented his death. I have never had to feel that fear for my life. I have never had to experience a situation where I felt threatened simply because of the color of my skin. I can’t sit here and pretend to know what that feels like. But I can understand and acknowledge that it’s wrong and that nobody should ever feel discriminated against because of the color of their skin. Racism is a problem and silence won’t solve it. I certainly don’t have the answers, nor do I pretend to. But I do intend to listen, learn, understand and ask how I can help.

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