Chiefs and Texans gamers and coaches lined up and stood collectively in the midst of the sector at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday evening for a second of unity forward of the NFL season-opener.
The gesture occurred moments after the singing of the nationwide anthem, for which Houston gamers and staff personnel remained within the locker room in protest of racial injustice in the US. Kansas Metropolis gamers and staff personnel have been on the sector for the nationwide anthem. Alex Okafor was the one participant who took a knee.
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Some Chiefs followers could possibly be heard booing in the course of the second of unity. Attendance at Arrowhead was restricted to 22 % of capability by COVID-19 rules in Missouri.
The Texans left the sector following pregame warmups previous to the enjoying of “Raise Each Voice and Sing,” generally known as the Black nationwide anthem, which the NFL is enjoying earlier than Week 1 video games. They remained within the locker room till each that music and “The Star-Spangled Banner” ended.
The Chiefs have been on the sector, lined up alongside a purpose line, for the enjoying of “Raise Each Voice and Sing” and accompanying video. The Texans weren’t on the sector. The Chiefs have now left the sector.
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) September 11, 2020
A number of police killings of unarmed Black folks within the U.S. over current months have prompted protests domestically and globally, and the demonstrations have spilled into sports activities. NFL gamers have been anticipated to protest in Week 1 now that their nationwide platform has returned.
Dolphins gamers already introduced they may do on Sunday what the Texans did Thursday evening and stay within the locker room for the enjoying of each anthems.