The Kansas City Chiefs said that the team has found no evidence that a fan repeatedly called Washington Redskins player Terrelle Pryor a racial slur during Monday night’s game.
Pryor verbally attacked fans after the game, but he stressed that it was because a fan made a racist remark.
But the Chiefs said that they have found no evidence that had occurred while stressing that they don’t deny Pryor’s account.
“Washington didn’t make our people aware of an incident, the people we have on the sideline didn’t see one before or after the game and as far as we know, no one from the league office was called to his aid during or after the game,” said Ted Crews, the Chiefs vice president of communications, the Kansas City Star reported.
“There was no incident or report from the stands,” he said.
A few other fans, however, said that they heard racial slurs being hurled at players. Two fans, who confirmed their attendance at the game by showing photos and ticket stubs, told The Washington Post that they heard a man in a Chiefs jersey shouting that “N-words need to stand up for the anthem.”
The man wasn’t directing his ire at Pyror, but he was the one who reacted.
An NFL spokesman said that the league will effectively ban fans who use racist or abuse language at games.
“I don’t want to go too far down the road of hypotheticals, but we have no tolerance for racial remarks directed at anyone in a stadium,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said, per Yahoo. “Those fans are not welcome to come back this week, next week or anytime. I don’t want to get ahead of the review, but our underlying principle is clear.”
Later, in an Instagram post, Pryor elaborated.
“Being called [the N-word] several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from the 2nd quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem,” Pryor wrote in the post. “I choose not to kneel because as a team we decided to be the one and stand … but as I walked in tunnel hearing some one call me [the N-word] and say [expletive] you to me..me flicking the person off is more deserving.”
“I do apologize to my teammates and the organization. But at some point you keep calling us The N word .. we going to start acting up. #straightlikethat”
Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson told the Star that he’s never heard any racist language at Arrowhead Stadium.
“I pray that didn’t happen, but if it did, shame on them,” Johnson told the Star. “I have a lot of respect for our fans, so I would hope that didn’t go on because that’s a bad reflection of what we are at Arrowhead.”