Apparently inspired by the decision of the Seahawks to lock arms during the national anthem before Sunday’s late-afternoon game against the Dolphins, the Chiefs players did the same thing prior to the outset of Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
“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,” the Chiefs said in a statement. “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.”
At least one player broke from the show of unity. According to Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star, cornerback Marcus Peters raised a right fist from one end of the line of Chiefs players.