Kansas City Chiefs fans boo moment of silence 'dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality' before NFL's opening game
- The Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans held a moment of silence "dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality" ahead of their game Thursday night.
- Fans in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium could be heard booing through the moment of silence.
- On Twitter, fans called out those at the stadium for their boos.
Kansas City Chiefs fans booed through a moment of silence dedicated to "the ongoing fight for equality" before Thursday night's opening game of the 2020 NFL season.
After the playing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and the national anthem, players from the Chiefs and the Houston Texans met in the center of the field in a show of unity. The Chiefs' public-address announcer then called for a moment of silence "dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality," as players stood arm-in-arm.Fans could be heard booing through the gesture.
—NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2020Social-justice issues have been at the top of mind for the league as it prepared to return to play, with the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the police shooting of Jacob Blake all looming large in the sports world in recent months.
On Twitter, fans called out those at the stadium who booed through the moment of silence.
—whitney medworth (@its_whitney) September 11, 2020
—Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin9) September 11, 2020
—Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) September 11, 2020
—Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) September 11, 2020
—Eddie (@LebaneseJokerYT) September 11, 2020
—Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) September 11, 2020Across the league, teams plan to handle the national anthem and the league's gestures toward equality in different ways. On Thursday night, the Chiefs took the field for the national anthem with some standing arm-in-arm, others standing with their hands over their heart, and others kneeling or raising a fist in the air. The Houston Texans opted instead to remain in their locker room as both the national anthem and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" played.
The Miami Dolphins on Thursday announced they would not take the field during the anthem for their Sunday game against the New England Patriots."No more fluff and empty gestures," the Dolphins told the league in a video.
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