Sunday night’s loss to the Buffalo Bills continues to linger as the Kansas City Chiefs’ key members deal with the fallout from objections to the late game officiating. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid shared his displeasure, followed by Patrick Mahomes, who showed it on the field and in his postgame press conference.
Mahomes had a day to escape the controversial penalty call that cost the Chiefs a spectacular touchdown. Speaking to Carrington Harrison on 610 Sports Radio show “The Drive” during his weekly check-in, Mahomes opened up about the frustrating moment and his point of view on the Kadarius Toney penalty.
“You don’t want to react that way. I mean, I care, man. I love it — I love this game, and I love my teammates,” Mahomes explained. “I want to go out there and put everything on the line to win, but obviously, you can’t do that, can’t be that way towards officials or really anybody in life.
I’ll probably regret acting like that. But more than anything, I regretted the way I acted towards Josh (Allen)after the game because he had nothing to do with it. I was still hot and emotional, but you can’t do that. It’s not a great example for kids watching the game. I was more upset about that than me on the sidelines.”
Mahomes would continue to explain his initial frustration to Harrison, leading to the outburst. He is aware of his temper and losing his head in these scenarios, similar to his antics during last season’s Monday night game against the Las Vegas Raiders that was highlighted on the Netflix show Quarterback.
“It was a big play in the game. It got negated because of a foul. I didn’t have a great explanation for it; obviously, I’m not seeing the view from the sideline or anything like that,” Mahomes said. “I didn’t even really know – I heard the call; from where I was, you couldn’t really tell what really happened, and I was trying to get an explanation and didn’t really get one.
I’ve seen it now, and if he (Kadarius Toney) didn’t check and they weren’t good, it is a foul. It is something you rarely see called in the NFL. But it was a foul; it’s part of playing the game, man. You learn from it; it’s part of being a person. You learn from your mistakes and try to be better next time.”
Mahomes immediately took accountability after a day to reset and let the emotions go more to his maturity as a leader. However, the NFL is investigating his comments from the sidelines and postgame press conference so he could still be in line for disciplinary actions.