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The Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans got a loud message from Missouri football fans when their “moment of unity” was met with a clear response.
The Kansas City crowd gathered for the NFL’s opening game of the 2020 season was likely not against the idea of unity, but let the teams know they just wanted a night of sports, not politics, as they responded to a pregame social justice display with resounding boos.
The Chiefs and Texans shared a moment of silence prior to tonight’s game. #ItTakesAllOfUs
(via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/xT4oa8Gh1d
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 11, 2020
While the R&B duo Chloe X Halle performed the national anthem which was streamed on video screens in Arrowhead Stadium Thursday, the Houston Texans remained in their locker room and one Kansas City Chiefs player took a knee on the field.
Texans decided to NOT even take the field for the Star-Spangled Banner. Chiefs ALL stood except for DE Alex Okafor, who kneeled #NFLKickoff #HOUvsKC pic.twitter.com/xvG2aAapUp
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 11, 2020
As the Texans emerged through the tunnel onto the field after the song had ended, fans met them with boos. The reactions continued as members of both teams met and lined up on center field with interlocking arms.
Chiefs fans just boo’d the “Moment Of Unity.” These were the messages put on the scoreboard #NFLKickoff pic.twitter.com/gHoDcdILs7
— Eddie (@LebaneseJokerYT) September 11, 2020
Messages such as “It takes all of us” and “We believe Black lives matter” flashed on the screens as the players attempted to have a moment of silence for racial equality. But fans were clearly not happy as audible boos could still be heard during the display.
Wow. There appeared to be loud boos from the Kansas City crowd during “the moment of unity,” a call for social justice, as the Chiefs and Texans lined up and linked arms before the NFL opener.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) September 11, 2020
The reaction sparked plenty of pearl-clutching by sports journalists and others on social media.
Pathetic! Some #ChiefsKingdom fans are booing the teams for their moment of unity during the National Anthem 🇺🇸 | #HOUvsKC
I thought y’all weren’t watching anymore NFL games!? #WeAreTexans | #NFL pic.twitter.com/OKvAyIGY4b
— Mike Dixon (@MikeDixon_VSD) September 11, 2020
What’s worse than a milquetoast, inoffensive “moment of unity”? People booing that milquetoast, inoffensive “moment of unity.”
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 11, 2020
are…people actually booing this?! #HOUvsKC pic.twitter.com/XiUrcZp582
— stephanie suarez (@southbndsuarez) September 11, 2020
Yeah, so that booing during the “show of unity” is a real good example of why players feel so strongly about these causes in the first place.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 11, 2020
Some comments about the moment complained that the crowd was booing the overall messages of unity, and in a comical stretch of reality, some actually proposed another theory.
At #NFLKickoff, Chiefs fans boo & someone yells “Trump 2020” as teams lock-arms in “moment of unity” for social justice https://t.co/RB2jtMVoCL
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 11, 2020
They where booing cuz someone yelled trump 2020 stop pulling this out of context
— Colin (@JuiceWrldEra) September 11, 2020
Concerning the booing at the #chiefstexans game, if you listen to the video of the moment of unity uploaded by the NFL, at 0:53 you can hear someone yell “Trump 2020,” which is when the booing starts: https://t.co/Gbvoq3ia1x
— Caleb Downs – reo/lotrdude13 (@lotrdude13) September 11, 2020
But many other fans and viewers countered the criticism with a stinging dose of reality.
“Chiefs Fans Booed the “Moment of Unity” because Football fans are there to watch Football — Not Politics,” Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson tweeted.
“People HATE politics ruining sports,” The Daily Caller’s David Hookstead wrote.
They weren’t booing “unity” you dolts. They were booing the fact that the Texans didn’t show up on the field until after the national anthem—on the eve of 9/11 no less. #HOUvsKC https://t.co/Yc8IXVP3YX
— Erik Brooks (@ChipBrooks17) September 11, 2020
The boos during the moment of unity should make it very clear that it was never about the flag or the anthem. Those people don’t want racism to be challenged, regardless of the when, where or how.
— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin9) September 11, 2020
A 9-11 tribute would have been nice. The fans were booing the pandering millionaires who were paying tribute to criminals, not unity.
— DeniseVB (@blogho) September 11, 2020
The national anthem was a moment of unity, though it went w/o saying. Unfortunately, some NFL players chose to insert their politics into it & destroy that unity. Does anyone honestly believe that smearing America as nothing but racists & then demanding “unity” was gonna fly?
— Real American (@RealAmerican78) September 11, 2020
Sports is supposed to be an escape.
An escape from all of the difficult things we face as a nation. Where we can all just come together for the love of the game.
This crap divides people whether it – ought to or not.
Just run around and freaking play.
— oregano (@chucktowngent) September 11, 2020
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