NFL Season Kicks Off with One Team Refusing To Take the Field for the Anthem

NFL Season Kicks Off with One Team Refusing To Take the Field for the Anthem


And they’re off!

The 2020-2021 NFL season has officially begun, and scores of football fans couldn’t be more excited.

Well … maybe some fans could be more excited.

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The inaugural game of the new NFL season has begun with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans, but somehow, even before a single second of actual on-field play occurred, there already appeared to be controversy afoot.

First, the Chiefs revealed social justice messages — “End Racism” and “It Takes All of Us” — that were prominently featured in their stadium’s end zones:

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A look at Kansas City’s end zones for Week 1 pic.twitter.com/Tn9AAu1Aui

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 10, 2020

Perhaps more controversially, the Chiefs and Texans each partook in their own respective form of protest during the playing of the national anthem.

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