‘Yo, Travis Kelce…this isn’t cool.’ Fans smack Chiefs star for his Super Bowl outburst

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If Travis Kelce looked angry when he bumped his head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines during the Super Bowl Sunday, a lot of the people who saw him were angry, too.

Even Chiefs fans.

And fans of Kelce’s girlfriend, Taylor Swift.

And parents who vented on social media, wondering what would happen if their kids acted that way toward their coach.

Reid said later that Kelce soon apologized. But on social media, many say they wish Kelce would apologize to the public who saw anger on national TV, noting that children were watching.

“Now imagine Travis is a travel team parent and Andy Reid is a 16 year old referee/umpire,” one mom tweeted.

But is it fair, one X user tweeted during the heated backlash, to judge someone “based on a single, potentially misinterpreted moment caught on camera?”

The star tight end yelled at Reid after running back Isiah Pacheco fumbled in the first half and San Francisco recovered the ball.

Kelce approached Reid, yelled at him and bumped him. Reid, who didn’t see Kelce coming, was caught off guard and quickly caught his balance. Running back Jerick McKinnon pulled Kelce away, who was presumably upset that he wasn’t on the field for a crucial play.

Photos of Kelce’s red face, contorted in anger, sprouted on social media. In the stadium, he was seen during the commercial break, helmet off, pacing the sidelines as though he was trying to cool down.

“Yo Travis Kelce, we don’t care if you are dating Taylor Swift … this isn’t cool,” tweeted Andy Signore, host of the pop culture digital series Popcorned Planet, whose opinion got nearly 5,000 likes.

After the game, two ESPN sportscasters asked Kelce about his “very engaging conversation” with Reid, and he avoided a direct answer, saying “I’m going to keep it between us unless my mic’d up tells the world. I was just telling him how much I love him.”

As the broadcasters laughed, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, standing with them, interjected.

“For real though, that moment right there, that speaks to the team that we are,” said Mahomes, a good friend of Kelce’s. “Everybody loves it. Everybody loves the game, wants to compete. Coach Reid wants to compete.

“And you watch out you might get a little too, so that’s just the type of mentality we’ve always had and that’s why we can win games like we won today.”

Speaking with other reporters after the game, Kelce credited Reid with helping him control his emotions.

“I got the greatest coach this game has ever seen. He’s one of the best leaders of men I have ever seen in my life,” he said. “He’s helped me a lot with that, with channeling that emotion, channeling that passion. I owe my entire career to that guy and being able to control how emotional I get. I just love him.”

The court of public opinion, however, still held Kelce accountable on Monday, when shortly before noon more than 74,000 people on Facebook alone were talking about the outburst.

The nearly 3,000 comments left on that ESPN interview posted on Facebook demonstrated varying takes:

“He grabbed his coach and yelled in his face. It’s crazy how both them and Mahomes aren’t willing to seriously rebuke him for that. They are just laughing it off as if it was normal.”

“You are all so desperate to find a reason to dislike him lol. As if you know what was said between them after the fact. As if any of you know their relationship. Emotions run high, doubt he thinks it was acceptable to do and probably apologized to him and it wasn’t caught on camera.”

“Classless & disrespectful! He owes Coach Reid a public apology!”

“Everyone is crying why? These are professional athletes — I’m sure they both have a solid coach/player relationship and both understood the heat of the moment. Stop acting like this is golf.”

And here’s a sampling of reactions from some of Kelce’s biggest fans — members of a private Facebook Chiefs fan page with more than 23,000 members:

“Honestly. Just pathetic..”

“Disappointing moment for sure!!”

“I love Kelce, but that is very poor behavior. You do not treat your coach like that.”

“Nobody loves him more than me but I can’t make an excuse for this!!! It’s actually really sad to me!”

“Out of line ! Mama Donna not going to be happy,” wrote one fan, referencing Kelce’s popular mother, Donna Kelce.

“About gave Ole Reid a heart attack.”

“Not Cool Trav!”

Reid brought up the incident after the game, before anyone asked, and jokingly called it a “cheap shot” and also expressed appreciation for the team’s passion.

“As much as he bumps into me, I get after him. And we understand that,” Reid said, smiling.

He added: “He just caught me off-balance.”