Vahe Gregorian

Chiefs following up on plans to be a bridge between authorities and community

United on the sideline on Sunday, Chiefs players have begun their outreach to the community’s first responders.
United on the sideline on Sunday, Chiefs players have begun their outreach to the community’s first responders.

The specifics remain murky, but Chiefs players already are taking steps to make good on their stated intent to try to facilitate the mending of relationships between authorities and the community in Kansas City.

In the days since they linked arms on the sideline Sunday in a three-pronged show of unity, respect for authorities and what they referred to as calling attention to issues, receiver Chris Conley said Wednesday that the entire team has met with what he described as “local officials here in Kansas City to get a better grasp, really, of what’s going on here in Kansas City and some broader things that are going on in our country.”

Conley called it “the initial stages” of talks, and he and others preferred not to elaborate much at this stage about with whom they met and the deep details of what they hope to achieve.

“As those talks do flush out, we’ll come up with what message we’re trying to send and how we’re going to send it,” he said. “And I think that’s going to involve some of us getting out there in the community alongside the people who work in our community and alongside the people in our community.”

Speaking a day after the Chiefs’ quarterbacks visited Kansas City Fire Station 19, Conley added that part of the thinking is “getting out there with some of the entities that we met with and seeing what it is that they actually go through on a day-to-day (basis) … and (in) the process of getting to know what they do, try to allow them to get to know” more about the thinking in the community “they protect and serve.”

“I think a broader goal is to get understanding from all sides, all angles and all people,” Conley said, adding that he knows this is an ambitious project. “It’s not like we’re the first people who’ve tried. This has proven to be a difficult task.

“But it’s one that guys have said they want to try to” take on.

Kansas City Chiefs players linked arms during the national anthem before the 2016 season opener against the San Diego Chargers and Marcus Peters, at the end of the line, raised his right fist in the air. He spoke about his decision after the game.

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