On Thursday night, the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs joined arm-in-arm for a “moment of unity,” prompting a torrent of boos from the few fans that were in attendance. Despite some initial reports, the moment did not take place during the National Anthem.
According to Fox News, both the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – what has been dubbed the “Black National Anthem” – played prior to the game. Though the Kansas City Chiefs appeared on the field for both songs, the Houston Texans stayed in the locker room for the songs’ duration. When the Texans did emerge, they joined the players mid-field and locked arms as a show of unity. At that moment, the crowd noticeably booed.
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Speaking with reporters after the game, Texans defensive end JJ Watt said