KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — A major debate is trending on social media with regard to the moment of unity between the Chiefs and the Texans last night.
Many say they heard booing during what was supposed to be a moment of silence. Meanwhile, others say they didn’t hear it.
For a period of time, Missouri was trending on Twitter just because of the incident.
KCTV5’s Greg Payne has been on Twitter pretty much all day, reading the back and forth between fans.
On Thursday, KCTV5 did get a chance to ask the Chiefs players about that moment of unity that was coordinated by both team quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, and whether they heard the booing noise on the field.
“Being down there, honestly didn’t hear a lot of booing,” Mahomes said. “I’ve seen a little bit of the videos after, and we just wanted to show unity and we wanted to show that we were going to come together to keep fighting the good fight.”
“I’m so locked in on the field with what I got to do, I didn’t really hear that,” said Chiefs Safety Tyrann Mathieu. “I was more impressed that our fans showed up. They definitely got behind us.”
As for the fans, it’s a mixed bag. Some fans on social media have been reacting to the incident and saying it never happened.
Meanwhile there is the video that a fan posted on Twitter who was at the game and who was actually booing. KCTV5 News reached out to him for an interview, but he didn’t respond.
Greg Payne went out to the Plaza today and spoke with fans about the incident. Many of them told him they heard the booing and were upset.
“It was sad,” said Mikyla Mathews. “This should have been a moment to come together.”
“The people in the bar booed and I heard the booing on TV,” Justin Chapman said. “I thought that was a little strange that that would be the reaction.”
“To see the crowd booing racial equality last night was absolutely disheartening and discouraging and, to be quite frank with you, it angered me,” said Branden Mims, a pastor and the director of crisis intervention for AdHoc Group Against Crime.
Mayor Quinton Lucas was at the game last night at Arrowhead Stadium.
After initially saying he wasn’t going to go to the first game this year, he did. The mayor said he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday and was asked by the Chiefs to come to the game. He said it was a good chance to see the different safety measures put in place by the Chiefs and also how people handled them. He said fans did a great job.
As for the booing incident, the mayor said he did hear it.
“There was a smattering of boos during that time,” he said. “It was a very small number. I know that there is some debate now of whether there was any, but I don’t know if it were any more than 100 people or 150. But, I don’t think that necessarily matters because I don’t think they necessarily speak for Kansas City.”
Mayor Lucas was very proud of the young men on the Chiefs team and what they’ve been doing to raise their voices and make Kansas City a better place.