Houston Texans Leave Field For National Anthems, Chiefs Link Arms
5:25 p.m. PT – Two very different approaches to the national anthem to start the NFL season – the Houston Texans left the field while the KC Chiefs tied their arms at the goal line.
It all happened Thursday night before the high-profile NFL season opened at Arrowhead Stadium in KC.
The entire Houston Texans – who had warmed up on the field – returned to the team’s locker room for the Star Spangled Banner and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” commonly known as the Black National Anthem.
NBC reports that Houston didn’t want to make it sound like they preferred one song over the other, so they stayed in the locker room for both.
As for the Chiefs, some players and staff took a knee. Others don’t.
Singers Chloe x Halle performed the national anthem … both honoring George floyd and Breonna Taylor on their shirts.
The Kansas City Chiefs have painted social justice messages in both end areas of Arrowhead Stadium … as the team prepares to kick off the 2020 season.
The phrases – “End Racism” and “It Takes All Of Us” – will be displayed in all end zones of the league this season … and were revealed ahead of the Chief’s season opener against the Houston Texans .
It’s all part of the NFL social justice push that followed. several players together to demand more action from the league.
Patrick mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Odell beckham and others called on the NFL to do more for victims of police brutality and social injustice in a powerful video in June.
Roger goodell and the league admitted later they mismanaged peaceful protests by players – including Colin Kaepernickthe kneeling protest – following several high profile incidents of police brutality.
There are reports that the Chiefs and Texans players will take part in a protest or decide to stay in the locker room during the national anthem before Thursday’s game.
The Miami Dolphins have already made up their minds – declaring they will stay indoors for the National Anthem and Black National Anthem this season in a powerful video.
“This attempt at unification only creates more division,” the players said. “So we’ll skip the song and dance, and as a team, we’ll stay inside.”
Originally posted – 16:22 PT
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