Report: Chiefs, Texans planning joint social justice protest before NFL season opener

Report: Chiefs, Texans planning joint social justice protest before NFL season opener

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THE STADIUM THIS MORNING. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. WHAT DOES EVERYONE NEED TO KNOW WHO IS GOING OUT THERE? >> YOU WILL NOTICE SOME OF THE SAFETY PROTOCOLS BEFORE YOU MAKE IT HERE. THE CONES BEHIND US, EVERY OTHER PARKING SPOT HAS BEEN BLOCKED OFF TO PROMOTE DISTANCING WHEN PARKING YOUR CAR AND TAILGATING BEHIND YOUR CAR. THE CHIEFS WERE ABLE TO DO THAT BECAUSE THERE WILL NOT BE MORE THAN 70,000 FANS INSIDE THE STADIUM FOR THIS HOME OPENER. IT WILL BE LESS THAN 17,000 WITH A CAPACITY CAP AT 22%. FOR THE FANS GOING INSIDE THE STADIUM THERE IS A LONG LIST OF SAFETY PROTOCOLS THEY WILL NEED TO FOLLOW. PARKING WILL ONLY BE OPEN TO TICKETHOLDERS THIS YEAR. YOU CANNOT GET A PASS AT THE GATE AS USUAL. YOU HAVE TO PURCHASE A PASS AHEAD OF TIME. TAILGATING WILL BE ALLOWED BUT YOU NEED TO STAY BEHIND YOUR OWN VEHICLE. GETTING INTO THE STADIUM, ALL BAGS ARE PROHIBITED TO CUT DOWN ON SECURITY SCREENING PROCESS. INSIDE, MASKS ARE REQUIRED EXCEPT FOR WHEN YOU ARE ACTIVELY EATING AND DRINKING. ALL TRANSACTIONS WILL BE CASHLESS. THERE WILL BE COUNTLESS SIGNS REMINDING PEOPLE TO KEEP THEIR DISTANCE. HUNDREDS OF SAND — HAND SANITIZER STATIONS WILL BE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE CONCOURSE. THE ORGANIZATION SAYS THAT THIS HAS ALL BEEN WITH SAFETY FIRST AND FOREMOST IN MIND. >> WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS, IT HAS BEEN A UNIQUE TIME. THOSE LAST FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS, OUR TEAM PRESIDENT HAS REALLY PREPARED US WITH ONE FOCUS IN MIND, HEALTH AND SAFETY. THE PLAYERS IN THE FRONT OFFICE, THE HEALTH AND STAFF THERE, AND FOR THE FANS. >> THE CHIEFS A COLLEGE THAT THESE GUIDELINES COULD CHANGE SEVERAL TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND THEY WILL TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT HOW TONIGHT GOES AND DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY NEED TO ADD MORE PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES BEFORE THE NEXT HOME GAME ON OCTOBER 4 AGAINST THE PATRIOTS. LIVE IN ARROWHEAD STADIUM, MATT EVANS. ROB: WE TALKED TO THE LEADER OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT KANSAS CITY ABOUT THE SAFETY INSIDE ARROWHEAD. HE SAID THAT FANS WHO ARE GOING TO THE GAME ARE ACTUALLY BETTER OFF, BECAUSE OF THE FORCED DISTANCING. >> IT’S CERTAINLY SAFER THAN GOING TO A BAR TO WATCH THE GAME OR HAVING A DOZEN FRIENDS OV THAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHO OR WHAT THEY’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO INTO YOUR HOUSE TO WATCH A BIG SCREEN TV. IF THERE ARE FANS INSIDE THE CASH ROB: — ROB: MEANWHILE, IF THERE ARE FANS INSIDE THE STADIUM WHO DON’T FOLLOW THE RULES, USHERS AND SECURITY STAFF WILL ESCORT THEM OUT. EVERY OTHER YEAR, THE POWER AND LIGHT DISTRICT IS PACKED WITH CHIEFS FANS CHEERING ON THEIR TEAM. THIS IS NO NORMAL YEAR THOUGH, THE PARTY WON’T STOP. IT’LL JUST BE A BIT DIFFERENT. KMBC 9’S MARTIN AUGUSTINE IS LIVE TO FILL US IN. MARTIN, GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, ROB. A CHIEFS GAME, ESPECIALLY ANY NIGHT GAME, BRINGS THOUSANDS OF FANS DOWN TO THE POWER AND LIGHT DISTRICT TO PACK THE COURT YARD THERE. OF COURSE THAT CAN’T HAPPEN THIS YEAR. DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T HAVE A PARTY, JUST GOING TO BE A LITTLE SMALLER. IF YOU ARE A FAN AND WANT TO COME, KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO 10% CAPACITY. THERE WILL BE TABLES OUT HERE, BUT FEWER AND THEY WILL BE SPREAD OUT OF IT. SOME WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE BY RESERVATION. THERE WILL BE SIGNS REMINDING YOU TO WEAR A MASK AND STAY SIX FEET AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE. EVEN WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE THE FOLKS DOWN HERE BELIEVE THAT THE ALLURE OF THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION CHIEFS WILL BRING THE BIGGEST CROWD DOWN HERE SINCE THEY REOPENED BACK IN JUNE. >> I THINK THE CHIEFS HEADING INTO THE SEASON IS PROVIDING A LOT OF HOPE AND EXCITEMENT FOR THE CITY. I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. IT’S SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN REALLY GET BEHIND COLLECTIVELY. >> AND TO GET BEHIND IT COLLECTIVELY, AGAIN, YOU WILL HAVE TO WEAR THOSE MASKS. YOU WILL NEED TO BE DOING ALL THE SOCIAL DISTANCING, EVERYTHING THEY TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, IT’S ALL IN PLACE HERE. ROB: MARTIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU HAVE HEARD US SAY IT, YOU HAVE HEARD THE PLAYERS SAY IT, THEIR NEW MOTTO. ITS HIGH EXPECTATIONS WITH A LOT OF PRESSURE AND TEAM LEADERS SAY THEY WON’T LET IT GET TO THEM. >> EVERY TIME I GET TO GO TO THE FOOTBALL FIELD, ARROWHEAD STADIUM, WHATEVER FIELD, SUIT UP AND PLAY FOR THE CHIEFS, I HAVE ULTIMATE EXCITEMENT, PRESEASON OR SUPER BOWL. ROB: YOU CAN COUNT ON KMBC AND KCWE, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE LEADING UP TO AND THROUGH TONIGHT’S SEASON OPENER. OUR COVERAGE FROM ARROWHEAD STARTS ON KMBC 9 NEWS AT 4 – — 4:00. AND WE’LL BE POSTING CONSTANT UPDATES AND INFO ON OUR KMBC 9 FACEBOOK PAGE AND KMBC 9 NEWS APP. SPEAKING OF THE WEATHER FOR GAMETIME, LET’S CHECK IN WITH KATIE. KATIE: BEFORE HEADING TO THE GAME YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK AND SEE HOW MANY LAYERED AS YOU MIGHT NEED, IF YOU WILL NEED AN UMBRELLA, A PONCHO, WHATEVER YOU ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE INTO THE RAIN. WE ARE EXPECTING A FEW SHOWERS. NOT AS STEADY AS RIGHT NOW, BUT THERE IS A 30% CHANCE DURING THE GAME THAT IS MISTY

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Report: Chiefs, Texans planning joint social justice protest before NFL season opener

Video above: Chiefs nix headdresses, face paint to start NFL seasonAccording to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans players have been in communication with one another about a joint demonstration before kickoff. Both Chiefs players and Texans players have been vocal leading up to game day about using the national attention of the season-opening game to send a message about racism and inequality in America.“We’ll do something in unison, something together to show our support for everybody out there who doesn’t have the platform that we have,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.Both Mahomes and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathiew say they have 100% support from the Chiefs organization.”I think, whatever we do, we’ll try our best to display unity, togetherness, even if that’s with the opposing team,” Mathieu said. “But, I think, if anything, people should take away from whatever we may do, they’ll take away the unity and the togetherness part of it. So, that’s ultimately the picture we’re trying to paint for our league and for the world going forward.”Pelissero reported among the ideas being discussed included both teams remaining in the locker room for the national anthem.What will happen is still not clear, but one thing that is clear is that both teams will do it in unison with each other, Pelissero reported.Pelissero also shared an image of shirts that players will wear during warmups. The T-shirts were designed by Texans safety Michael Thomas and were sent by the NFLPA to every player league-wide.The front reads: “Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us.” The back says: “End racism.”

Video above: Chiefs nix headdresses, face paint to start NFL season

According to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans players have been in communication with one another about a joint demonstration before kickoff.

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Both Chiefs players and Texans players have been vocal leading up to game day about using the national attention of the season-opening game to send a message about racism and inequality in America.

“We’ll do something in unison, something together to show our support for everybody out there who doesn’t have the platform that we have,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.

Both Mahomes and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathiew say they have 100% support from the Chiefs organization.

“I think, whatever we do, we’ll try our best to display unity, togetherness, even if that’s with the opposing team,” Mathieu said. “But, I think, if anything, people should take away from whatever we may do, they’ll take away the unity and the togetherness part of it. So, that’s ultimately the picture we’re trying to paint for our league and for the world going forward.”

Pelissero reported among the ideas being discussed included both teams remaining in the locker room for the national anthem.

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What will happen is still not clear, but one thing that is clear is that both teams will do it in unison with each other, Pelissero reported.

Pelissero also shared an image of shirts that players will wear during warmups. The T-shirts were designed by Texans safety Michael Thomas and were sent by the NFLPA to every player league-wide.

The front reads: “Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us.” The back says: “End racism.”

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.