NFL End Zone Message During Chiefs-Texans Angers Both Sides
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced that NFL end zones would feature certain political messages in an effort to promote social justice awareness.
Somehow, the message chosen for Thursday night’s Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans match-up managed to tick off people on both sides of the aisle.
The message in question? “End racism.”
— NFL (@NFL) September 10, 2020
As soon as the message was displayed, fans watching at home took to social media to express their dissatisfaction.
Given the placement of the platitude, one would believe that “ending racism” is out of bounds https://t.co/SU5RkzHbO2
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) September 10, 2020
— Bobby Davis (@USPatriot1st) September 11, 2020
LOOK AT THE NAME OF THE TEAM IMMEDIATELY UNDER THAT MESSAGE OMFG HOW IS THIS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHSSKFJRVSJCBTHSKS https://t.co/anaMRWKz0g
— Dr. Twyla Baker (@Indigenia) September 10, 2020
They played the black anthem then The National Anthem. One chief player knelt, the Houston pussies stayed in the locker room. In the end zone was the words “end racism”! Then I changed channels! A bunch of privileged athletes complaining about racism!
— Jina McConnell (@McConnellJina) September 11, 2020
End racism by ending race-based mascots & dehumanizing ‘tomahawk chops’ & chants that have no basis in reality. This is surface bullsh*t that amounts to nothing. #NotYourMascot https://t.co/3oCm4g5eXl
— Ruth Hopkins ⚡️❤️⚡️ (@Ruth_HHopkins) September 11, 2020
“End Racism” in small poorly visible letters right above the giant Native American team name is very on brand for both the NFL and our society as a whole https://t.co/5yKB4b51Pj
— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) September 10, 2020
That’s great, agree end racism, but not during a FOOTBALL GAME! If we wanted a political event we’d watch the news. WAIT UNTIL THE RATINGS DROP, AND THEY WILL @NFL @NFLPlayers ! Chiefs fans boo players ‘show of unity’ https://t.co/NXbJM9GBht via @Yahoo
— DAN KIMMEL (@ukfandano) September 11, 2020
All you have to do to end racism is kick the ball between those two yellow poles? Awesome! https://t.co/nS28JOIZq7
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) September 10, 2020
the nfl has 32 billionaires who could help enact real change if they wanted to, and they elected to write “end racism” in the endzone instead
— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) September 10, 2020
The NFL plans to use similar messages in end zones of other games this season, but after the backlash the first one drew, the league may need to go back to the drawing board and rethink their strategy.
Despite the fact that the actual football on the field often times felt secondary to all the political talk that accompanied it, a winner and loser did emerge from Thursday’s showdown.
The Chiefs ultimately beat the Texans 34-20 and are now 1-0 to start the season.