The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans made headlines before kicking off the 2020 NFL season on Thursday.
The Texans decided to return to their locker room before the singing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" – Chiefs players locked their arms in the end zone during the so-called Black National Anthem – and returned to "The Star-Spangled Banner". was played.
During the national anthem, the Chief's players stood together on the sidelines, and the defensive end Alex Okafor knelt while he raised his fist in the air.
Both teams positioned themselves in the middle of the field and bandaged their arms for a "moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing struggle for equality in our country".
The NBC broadcast saw mixed reactions from fans, with boos and claps from the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium – a limited number of guests were allowed to follow social distancing protocols.
Players from both teams had been "in talks about a joint demonstration" before the game, which, according to the NFL Network, "makes a statement on racial injustice and shows unity".
It is probably a far cry from the last form of social justice news from players and the NFL this season. The police death of several blacks in recent months has resulted in several players speaking out and many of the league's best-known voices, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, changing their stance on the matter.
Before kick-off, the Miami Dolphins announced on video that they would be staying in the locker room for both anthems before their Sunday opener against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
"Before the media wonder and guess, they've just answered all your questions," said coach Brian Flores. "We'll just stay inside."
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reacted very differently when he kneeled for social justice reform during the 2016 season. Numerous players have announced plans for this season.
This report originally appeared on NYPost.com.