Video: Chiefs fans boo as players lock arms in show of racial unity
In a move to evidently further divide the football world, the Kansas City Chiefs fans welcomed both teams’ display of racial unity with resounding boos. Prior to Thursday’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, both teams lined up in the middle of the field and locked arms in a sign of unity amid all the issues surrounding racial injustice and discrimination which was seemingly displeasing to a chunk of the supporters present in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Chiefs fans started booing while the Texans and Chiefs locked arms in unity. 🤨 pic.twitter.com/Z0Ua6HlfsU
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 11, 2020
Though only 17,000 socially-distanced fans were allowed inside the stadium due to COVID-19 measures, you can clearly hear the divide in the stands as the cheers and claps were overpowered by the boos as both teams locked arms and stood up for the brief ‘Moment of Unity.’
It was earlier reported that both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were the catalysts behind the gesture as both QBs wanted to make sure that their respective teams added to the social commentary on the racial issues currently being fought for by a lot of people in and out of the NFL.
Prior to the game, two anthems were honored as both the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Life Every Voice and Sing” were sung. While the Chiefs elected to stand up as both anthems were played (with only DE Alex Okafor taking a knee during the national anthem), the entire Texans team chose to leave the field for both anthems.
It’s going to be interesting how the teams, players as well as the fans react to the different gestures moving forward.