Kansas Metropolis Chiefs followers booed gamers throughout a second of silence “devoted to the continuing struggle for equality” on Thursday, throughout the NFL’s season opener.
Gamers on the Chiefs and the Houston Texans gathered in the middle of the Arrowhead Stadium discipline simply forward of kickoff, linked arms and requested for “a second of silence devoted to the continuing struggle for equality in our nation,” based on an NFL assertion, which included the hashtag “It Takes All of Us.”
However as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas Metropolis coach Andy Reid, Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Houston defensive finish J.J. Watt took middle stage, boos could possibly be clearly heard from important parts of the almost 16,000 followers in attendance.
Metropolis Councilman Eric Bunch called the incident “embarrassing” and instructed Chiefs followers to “do higher.”
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“Some NFL followers booing the gamers for standing and locking arms in a second of silent unity proves that for them ‘standing for the flag’ was at all times about perpetuating white supremacy,” the councilman stated in a press release.
Bunch’s council colleague Andrea Bough vowed that the boos will not gradual the struggle towards systemic racism.
“And it steels our resolve to proceed the struggle for justice and towards racism right here in Kansas Metropolis and all through the Nation,” Bough wrote in a retweet of actor Vincent D’Onofrio, who known as the booing a failed “litmus take a look at.”
And Kansas Metropolis Star sports activities columnist Vahe Gregorian lambasted booing followers, whose disapproval rang loud and clear to a nationwide TV viewers.
“As a result of with Kansas Metropolis within the nationwide highlight for what’s an enormous tv viewers to launch the NFL season amid the chaos of the pandemic, quite a lot of voices resonated in nasty, embarrassing trend earlier than the sport,” the sports activities columnist wrote.
“The derision spoke volumes, betraying town and workforce in each senses of the phrase. It broke religion with the gamers they apparently assist solely as gladiators, and it revealed anew that an attraction for equality is offensive to some even throughout this nice awakening and reckoning.”
Mayor Quinton Lucas stated the booing didn’t characterize the folks of Kansas Metropolis.
“We’re metropolis of excellent folks. I heard boos too,” he tweeted. “However we even have a whole bunch of 1000’s extra round right here who respect the message the gamers are sharing; who respect the rights of our gamers and other people to voice a robust message and who’re working to make us higher every day.”
Thursday night time’s sport, won 34-20 by the Super Bowl champion Chiefs, kicked off the a hundred and first season of NFL play.
Kansas Metropolis is among the few groups permitting followers in for video games amid the pandemic. The announced crowd of 15,895 was a bit greater than 20 p.c of Arrowhead Stadium’s capability of greater than 76,000.
Allison Park is a contributor to NBC Asian America.