Travis Kelce has been widely criticized for a “violent” act against his own coach during the first half of the Super Bowl.
The Kansas City Chiefs star tight end was obviously out to impress as he played in front of his girlfriend Taylor Swift, who watched the game from a suite full of surprising identities.
And he sniffed a chance to score the game’s first touchdown when Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes connected with receiver Mecole Hardman on a 52-yard pass that brought Kansas City within eight yards of the end zone during the second bedroom.
Normally, that’s Kelce’s prime territory as one of Mahomes’ favorite targets, but the veteran was stunned when Chiefs coach Andy Reid sidelined him in favor of backup Noah Gray, according to CBS.
As the Chiefs ran a running play that ended with Isiah Pacheco fumbling the ball and the 49ers regaining possession, Kelce exploded.
In the final game of a season in which he also threw his helmet in frustration, Kelce lunged at Reid and started yelling in his face.
He also aggressively knocked his coach off balance before being dragged by a teammate.
It was a bad look for a man who became one of America’s most recognizable athletes while dating pop star Swift.
“Looks like Travis Kelce just assaulted his coach,” Jack Poso tweeted.
“Travis Kelce deranged lunatic body checks his own head coach… what an idiot,” another Twitter user added.
“Kelce just lost his mind and ran into Andy Reid on the sideline while he was complaining about the decision to play on Pacheco’s fumble,” Skip Bayless tweeted.
“Some coach would bench Kelce for that, but this is the Super Bowl and he’s too valuable.”
“What kind of man attacks his coach for taking him out on a play? wrote another. “I hope Taylor Swift breaks up with Travis Kelce after the game.”
Kelce has become the target of a section of American society after appearing in a commercial to promote Covid vaccine supplier Pfizer.
His relationship with Swift, who endorsed US President Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election, has also made him unpopular with some conservatives.
That likely contributed to the severity of the reaction to his actions in the Super Bowl, but even Kelce’s biggest fans would have found it difficult to defend his behavior.
Kelce barely had an impact on the game in the first half, catching just one pass for one yard.
But he found a rhythm with Mahomes in the second half, catching seven passes for 85 yards to help the Chiefs rally from a 10-3 deficit to make the score 19-19 and force overtime.
Kelce caught one more pass for seven yards in the extra period to bring his total to nine for a game-high 93 yards as the Chiefs won back-to-back 25-22.
With her Chiefs jacket slung over her shoulder and her gold Kelce No. 87 necklace, music megastar Swift brought a group of famous friends to cheer on her boyfriend at the Super Bowl in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The 34-year-old pop icon was the brightest in a galaxy of stars attending the game after making a trans-Pacific trip back to the United States after performing on the final leg of her world tour in Tokyo.
Closed-circuit footage projected inside Allegiant Stadium showed Swift arriving, and she was comfortably ensconced in a luxury suite along with actor Blake Lively and Ice Spice, as well as Kelce’s parents, Donna and Ed, and her brother Jason. , when the NFL spectacular between the Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers began.
Swift fans watching at home got their first glimpse of her during the pre-game festivities, when broadcaster CBS offered a cutaway shot of the singer and her friends.
Swift’s relationship with charismatic Chiefs star Kelce has captivated the NFL and popular culture this season, attracting legions of new female fans to the sport and skyrocketing television ratings.
He has regularly appeared at Kansas City games to watch Kelce, and his appearance in Las Vegas is expected to help set a TV viewership record for the Super Bowl, already the biggest event on the U.S. sports calendar. .
Meanwhile, Kelce said he’s enjoying the attention his celebrity romance has attracted, and joked this week that he felt pressure to win after Swift’s fourth Album of the Year win at last weekend’s Grammys.
“She’s amazing,” Kelce said of Swift. “She is rewriting the history books. “I told her she had to keep my end of the deal and bring home some hardware too.”
TMZ reported that Kelce was shelling out more than $1 million for a luxury suite at Allegiant Stadium, the celebrity news website said Swift’s mother, Andrea, and father, Scott, along with Kelce’s parents, Donna and Ed, were among the family members who would be housed. .
– with the AFP