During Sunday night’s Super Bowl LVIII showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had a pretty strong reaction to the team losing a fumble in the red zone in the first half as he ran up and screamed at head coach Andy Reid, presumably because he was not in the game when the play happened. The interaction caught a lot of attention from the NFL world during the game, but both parties downplayed the incident after the game.
During his postgame press conference, Andy Reid suggested that the encounter looked worse than it was simply because he did not see Travis Kelce coming. He also seemed to indicate that he had no problem with what Kelce did.
“He caught me off balance,” Reid said according to ESPN. “I wasn’t watching. He was really coming over [and saying], ‘Just put me in, I’ll score. I’ll score.’ So, that’s really what it was. I love that. It’s not the first time. I appreciate him.
“The part I love is he loves to play the game and he wants to help his team win. It’s not a selfish thing. That’s not what it is. I understand that. As much as he bumps into me, I get after him and we understand that. He just caught me off balance.”
Kelce addressed the altercation, as well, indicating that he simply let his emotions get the best of him.
“I didn’t care about my catches,” Kelce said. “I just wanted to … I wanted the score to be different. Coach has asked us to speak our minds and I just wanted to let him know how much passion I had for this team.
“He’s one of the best leaders of men I’ve ever seen in my life. And he’s helped me a lot with that, with channeling that emotion, with channeling that passion. I owe my entire career to that guy and being able to kind of control how emotional I get and just love him.”
All in all, there are clearly no hard feelings between the two – especially since they were able to win the game.