After fans booed the Chiefs and Texans' moment of unity Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium, it caused confusion among players.
Players on both teams decided to take a moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for racial equality in the United States. It wasn't during the national anthem, which has been a sensitive topic for some, and none of the players said a word, they just locked arms. It was, as explained, a moment of silence and unity.
Robert Griffin III tweeted after the fans' reaction with a simple question to those fans.
"How can you be more upset about bringing awareness to racism than racism itself?" he wrote.
Texans superstar JJ Watt shared appears to share Griffin's confusion on the subject as well.
"The moment of unity I personally thought was good," Watt said on NFL Network. "I mean, the booing during that moment was unfortunate. I don't fully understand that. There was no flag involved. There was nothing involved other than two teams coming together to show unity."
Players are following in Colin Kaepernick's footsteps in their fight against racial injustice. Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 in protest of police brutality. His message was instead interpreted by some as a disrespectful gesture toward the flag and the nation's troops.
So when you take that into account, as well as the fact that Kaepernick hasn't been able to get a job in the league ever since, the players' confusion over fans continuing to boo a protest for racial equality without the controversial inclusion of the American flag seems justified.