The Kansas City Chiefs stood and linked arms during the national anthem before today’s game. Cornerback Marcus Peters added his own gesture by raising his right fist at the end of the line.
The Chiefs players released a statement through the team explaining their demonstration:
After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the National Anthem, we decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity. It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone’s opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11. It’s our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with local law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community.
–Representing All Kansas City Chiefs Players
Update (6:10 p.m. ET):