NFL: Texans gamers don’t take field for national anthem vs. Chiefs
KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Chiefs players and coaches extended across one of completion zones at Arrowhead Stadium throughout the playing of “Raise Every Voice and Sing” and later on took the sideline for the playing of the nationwide anthem. However the Houston Texans gamers and coaches stayed in the locker space for the song likewise understood as the Black nationwide anthem and for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
In an attempt to show their assistance for players defending racial equality and social justice, the NFL announced that it would play both “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and The Star-Spangled Banner before video games this season.
However, the Texans players had discussed staging a protest during both anthems in an effort to continue to accentuate the continuous issues of authorities brutality against people of color and systemic injustice.
It turned out that demonstration involved not taking the field for either anthem.
A quick video highlighting the Black battle from slavery to the civil rights motion played on the two video boards on each end of the stadium, then a video of Alicia Keys singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” used the video boards.
Immediately after the song ended, the Chiefs jogged off the field. After a break and the establishing of a giant Lombardi Prize on the field, owner Clark Hunt dealt with the fans. Instantly after the unveiling of the group’s Super Bowl banner, Chiefs players ran onto the field. The Texans did not, however.
Kansas City’s gamers based on the sideline for the playing of the national anthem, although Chiefs protective end Alex Okafor took a knee, the lone player to do so. Once the anthem had finished, the Texans ran onto the field, and after that both teams came together at the center of the field for what the general public address announcer called”a minute of silence to support racial equality in our nation.” Some of the around 16,000 fans in participation booed as “Black Lives Matter” was revealed on the video boards. However the majority of fans complied and cheered as soon as the tribute ended and gamers returned to their sidelines.