The opening game of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday… but fans were angered over a gratuitous “social justice” protest just before the coin flip.
The game, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, featured a limited crowd due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The pregame started with the NFL making good on their promise to start the season with the “Black national anthem”–a song called “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
That song was followed by the actual national anthem.
While the Texans stayed in the locker rooms during both songs, most Chiefs players stood on the sidelines locking arms. One Chiefs player did, however, kneel and and raise a fist during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Afterwards, however, the NFL teams took their protesting a step further. When the Texans came out onto the field, players from both teams lined up across the field and linked arms together, for what they called a “unity moment.”
The NFL described it as “a moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in our country.”
Fans, however, had a different view: on the video, the “moment of silence” is drowned out by loud booing from the stands–showing that fans appear to be fed up with the NFL’s sudden embrace of left-wing “social justice” politics.
In June, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized for the NFL’s past criticism of players who disrespect the national anthem.
Last week, the NFL also anounced that players would be allowed to boycott the national anthem and sit out entire games, if they felt the need.
The NFL has also allowed players, coaches, and referees to put the phrases, “‘Stop Hate’; ‘It Takes All Of Us’; ‘End Racism’; or ‘Black Lives Matter,’” on their uniforms.