When the New Orleans Saints lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, it made news everywhere.
That’s because the team was wearing a tie that was deemed racially insensitive.
The Saints were the first team to lose on Sunday since 2007.
The tie was worn by several other teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks, but was reportedly the first to be pulled from the team’s jersey.
“There’s no question that the New England Patriots were in an unwritten agreement with the New Yorkers that this is not acceptable,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
“It is not the Patriots jersey.
It is not our team’s team’s logo.
This is not even the logo of a team.
We have to respect the rules of the game.”
The NFL released a statement on Monday saying it “strongly condemns” the team wearing the tie.
“The NFL stands firmly behind our commissioner’s decision, and looks forward to addressing this issue head on,” the statement read.
“The NFL has never sought to create a platform for discrimination or disparagement of any race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability or any other factor.
The NFL and its players have made it clear they will stand for the sanctity of the Game, and we will not allow this to be an excuse to discriminate against any person.”
In New York City, several hundred people showed up to protest the decision, with one of them wearing a T-shirt that read “We don’t want no white people in the White House” and other symbols of white privilege.
A crowd of protesters outside of the Times building marched into the building and blocked the entrance.
Some of those who gathered were wearing T-shirts that read: “White Supremacy Is a Bitch” and “White people have always been good for the world.”
One woman yelled “We’re not here to hurt you, we’re here to be safe!”
“We’re here today to say that the NFL is racist, that it’s a white supremacist organization, and that the white people are not welcome here,” she said.
“This is an issue that is very personal for me,” she added.
“I’m a woman, I’m African-American, and I feel that I have been treated differently than the people around me.
I feel like there’s not a lot of progress that I’m seeing from the white supremacists.”
One man said he was concerned about the optics of wearing a black tie.
He said he thought it was disrespectful to the players, but he wasn’t concerned about his safety.
“This is the last place I want to go, because this is what’s going to happen if I don’t have my white shirt on,” he said.
As the protest went on, the crowd began to grow and eventually reached the door of the building, where a few people stood up to block the entrance to the Times.
One man said that he felt compelled to block his own door because it was “not safe for me.”
The protests continued outside the Times and the Saints offices.
Several people wearing black shirts began to leave.
A man who said he is a member of the Black Lives Matter movement told the crowd that “black lives matter.”
“If you don’t feel like you’re white and you’re black, you’re not white, and you don’st belong here,” the man said.
A woman in a black shirt was escorted out by police.