Despite what people heard on social media and even other players on the field, Patrick Mahomes says he barely heard any boos from fans during a moment of silence held between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans before the NFL’s opening game on Thursday.
Both teams stood in silence in the middle of the field before kick-off at the Arrowhead Stadium in dedication to “the ongoing fight for equality.” Soon after, boos could be heard coming from the more than 16,000 fans in attendance.
“I talked to Deshaun [Watson] a good amount and to some other guys on the Texans as well, as well as talking to our team, and I thought we came out with a great plan, obviously for us as the Chiefs, but also with the Texans showing unity on the field,” Mahomes said after the game.
“Being down there, honestly I didn’t hear a lot of booing. I’ve seen a little bit of the videos after.
“We wanted to show unity and we wanted to come together and keeping fighting the good fight, and I hope our fans will support us on our game every single day.”
Despite his claim, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says the jeering was clear.
“The booing was unfortunate during that moment. I don’t fully understand that,” Watt said. “There was no flag involved, there was nothing involved with that besides two teams coming together to show unity.”
The Chiefs beat the Texans 34-20 on the night.