Before the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs battle it out on the field tonight, the two teams could join forces prior to kickoff to show unity in the fight against racial injustice.
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero is reporting that Houston and Kansas City have been in talks about a “joint demonstration” tonight. There’s a possibility that both teams stay in the locker room during the national anthem.
Talks between the Chiefs and Texans are still going on at the moment. Pelissero said most of the negotiating is being done by Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas.
Over the past few months, the NFL has encouraged its players to use their voices during times like this. Millions of fans will be watching tonight’s game, so the time is now for the players to send a strong message.
One possibility discussed: Both teams staying in the locker room during the national anthem.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 10, 2020
Players in the past have chosen to stay off the field until after the national anthem played. The league has not disciplined a player for waiting in the locker room in previous years.
As for the actual game, it should be an exciting showdown between two of the best quarterbacks in the league. Mahomes and Watson had great offseasons this year, signing massive extensions with their respective team. We’ll see if they can light up the boxscore tonight.
Kickoff for the Chiefs-Texans game is at 8:20 p.m. ET from Arrowhead Stadium.