In a move that could best be described as passive-aggressive, the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs are planning to remain in the locker room during the National Anthem during the season opener.
According to a report by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, both teams have “been in talks about a joint demonstration…that makes a statement on racial injustice and shows unity.”
Of course, this has already been done before in some capacity. The NFL decided 3 years ago to allow players who preferred to remain the locker room during the anthem and those who chose to participate to come to the field. This however would be the first time that two complete teams decide to abstain from the spectacle.
Also of note is that both teams are led by Black Quarterbacks. Considering the Chiefs just one the Super Bowl, these actions will set the standard for what other teams may do this season. Of course the protest started in 2016 by Collin Kaepernick had absolutely nothing to do with the anthem. It was simply the time slot used to draw attention to police brutality across the United States as well as other social injustices that have plagued the Black community since the inception of our arrival.
The season kicks off Thursday night at 8:20 et, all eyes are sure to be on the Star-Spangled Banner. It’s the part that follows the NFL charging millions of dollars for advertising the military.
Flip the pages for Roger Goodell speaking about protests.