NFL Chiefs and Texans’ pregame moment for social justice met with boos, sparks controversy

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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.

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.

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.

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.

The reaction sparked plenty of pearl-clutching by sports journalists and others on social media.

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.

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.

 

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