Texas was not on the field while the national anthem was playing or the “Lift Every Voice and Sing” song. Instead, the players chose to stay in the locker room. Join the Chiefs players in midfield before the match. The players locked their arms and spread across the field.
Wat said he heard some booing, which angered NFL fans on social media as well.
“A moment of unity that I thought was good,” the defensive finale star told reporters after the match. “I mean the booing during that moment was unfortunate. I don’t quite understand that. There was no science involved. There was nothing in common except two teams who came together to show unity.”
Texas coach Bill O’Brien said he didn’t think the booing was a moment of loneliness.
“I thought this was a nice thing, so I’m not sure why they booed it,” O’Brien said. “They might be booing us because we just came to the field as a visiting team. But yeah, I thought that was a nice gesture.”
Andy Reid, the team’s coach, said he had not heard any booing.
He said, “I thought that was kind of a neat deal, as the two sides got together for a cause and the story was told there.”
“We can all learn from this, and it’s really just to make us all better, and even a country stronger than we really are. We have a totally unstoppable opportunity when hands get together and that’s a beautiful thing.”
The Chiefs won the match, 34-20.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.