by Joe Callen
The NFL season got off to a rough start Thursday night before a single snap was played.
The Chiefs were on the field and locked arms during the “Black National Anthem” (“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing“) while the Texans remained in the locker room.
The playing field contained BLM-themed messages beyond each end zone: “IT TAKES ALL OF US” beyond one and “END RACISM” beyond the other.
Then players from both the Chiefs and Texans came on the field and linked arms, as “social justice” messages, including “End Racism,” were shown on the scoreboard.
A moment of silence dedicated to the “fight for equality” was then held, and a big wave of boos erupted from the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium.
Americans are sick and tired with politics ruining sports.
The game is the first in major U.S. pro sports to have fans in attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Chiefs allowed a crowd of 22% of stadium capacity, or about 16,000 fans, to attend. The fans were scattered throughout the three decks. The first eight rows of the lower deck closest to the field were covered by a tarp all the way around the stadium.
But even with the small crowd, the boos were loud enough to get the attention of the NFL brass.
And if the League doesn’t pay attention to this, they are risking the kind of massive TV ratings collapse (-30%) that has hurt the NBA this season.