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‘It is actually no matter to me’: Justin Tucker on pre-game tiff with Mahomes, Kelce

Justin Tucker on pre-game tiff with Mahomes, Kelce
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker mentioned the dust-up with Kansas Metropolis Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce as they ready for the offseason earlier this week.

Earlier than the American Soccer Convention (AFC) Championship Sport, Tucker tried to heat up between Mahomes and Kelce however was moved from the purpose line, Fox Information reported.

Mahomes tossed Tucker’s ball holder and Kelce moved Tucker’s helmet and gloves from the purpose line.

Whereas addressing the “foolish” incident a day after the Chiefs’ 17-10 victory, Tucker mentioned that he does not see it as “a giant deal”.

He mentioned: “For people who don’t know, the way in which it really works is every crew’s kicker goes to the opposite crew’s designated warmup space on the sector. For me, it’s often about 90 minutes earlier than kickoff.

“I’ve been doing the very same factor for 12 years, by no means actually had an issue with anyone. That’s form of the way in which we’ve at all times performed it.”

He recalled Mahomes warming up and performing dropbacks when he requested if Tucker may transfer his helmet which he did.

Nonetheless, Tucker revealed that Kelce then kicked and threw it away.

In the meantime, Mahomes informed 610 Sports activities Radio in Kansas Metropolis: “I’ve had seven years of doing that very same warmup routine and there is solely been like three events the place there’s been a kicker that wasn’t … transferring out of the way in which. It was in Baltimore all thrice.”

Mahomes added: “(Tucker) does that to get beneath our pores and skin. I requested him to maneuver his stuff and he acquired up and moved it I feel two inches however did not transfer it out of the way in which.

“I used to be going to let it slide however Travis moved it for me and after that I wasn’t going to let him put it again down.

“I’ve quite a lot of respect for him as a participant and as a kicker. He is among the finest kickers of all time, in all probability one of the best kicker of all time. On the similar time, you have to have respect for every crew. All of us share the sector and we attempt to do this in a respectful method.”

Tucker mentioned that he “thought it was all just a few gamesmanship, all in good enjoyable, however they gave the impression to be taking it somewhat bit extra significantly.”

Tucker mentioned he was keen to let bygones be bygones after the little tiff.

“They had been simply attempting to prepare for the soccer recreation. Clearly, it’s an intense atmosphere, so it’s actually no matter to me, man. I’m simply attempting to prepare for the soccer recreation.”