Some followers in attendance at Kansas Metropolis’s Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday appeared to boo throughout a pregame “Second of Unity.”
The gesture, which was conceived partially by Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, concerned each groups coming collectively at midfield.
“The second of unity I personally thought was good,” Texans star defensive lineman J.J. Watt mentioned, by way of NFL Community, after Houston’s 34-20 loss. “I imply, the booing throughout that second was unlucky. I don’t totally perceive that. There was no flag concerned. There was nothing concerned apart from two groups coming collectively to point out unity.”
Kansas Metropolis Mayor Quinton Lucas additionally weighed in on the second, tweeting, “We’re a superb metropolis of excellent folks. I heard boos too. However we even have lots of of hundreds extra round right here who respect the message the gamers are sharing; who respect the rights of our gamers and other people to voice a powerful message and who’re working to make us higher every day.”
Seven phrases developed by gamers on each groups had been displayed on the scoreboard through the second:
- We Help Equality
- We Should Finish Racism
- We Imagine in Justice for All
- We Should Finish Police Brutality
- We Select Unconditional Love
- We Imagine Black Lives Matter
- It Takes All of Us
The “Second of Unity” took locations following the efficiency of the nationwide anthem. Gamers on the Houston Texans elected to stay within the locker room through the efficiency of each the nationwide anthem and “Elevate Each Voice and Sing,” generally know because the Black nationwide anthem.
Gamers on the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs elected to stay on the sphere. Chiefs linebacker Alex Okafor took a knee through the nationwide anthem, the lone Kansas Metropolis participant to take action.
In accordance with NBC Sports activities’ Michele Tafoya, gamers on the Texans determined to remain within the locker room for each songs. Houston govt vp of soccer operations Jack Easterly advised NBC Sports activities that the demonstration was “Not about Black or white. It is about change.”
Followers in attendance at Thursday’s season opener additionally took half within the “Arrowhead Chop.”
In late August, the crew introduced it was “engaged in an intensive overview strategy of the Arrowhead Chop” and is “exploring all choices for a modified engagement second from the Drum Deck.”
As a part of that announcement, Kansas Metropolis additionally introduced it had banned followers from sporting headdresses and face paint that “is styled in a approach that references or appropriates American Indian cultures.”