A Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver made comments Monday night that seemed to disparage quarterback Patrick Mahomes days before the team is set to play in the Super Bowl. Chiefs players were interviewed for Super Bowl Media Day in Las Vegas Monday night.
Kadarius Toney’s comments on Monday were all over the place for the wide receiver who has been, well, all over the place this season. Toney missed the AFC Championship Game for a “personal” reason: his daughter’s birth.
Toney was also on the injury report for hip/knee injuries that he had been listed as having since the New England Patriots game. Head coach Andy Reid said he would consider benching Toney following another poor performance for the Chiefs in the Patriots game. A dropped pass by Toney turned into a Patriots interception.
Kadarius Toney claimed he wasn’t attacking the Chiefs
Toney gave a profanity-laced rant on Instagram Live before the AFC Championship Game, claiming his injuries had been made up. Many people interpreted those comments to be derogatory toward the Chiefs. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce defended Toney last week.
Per ESPN, Toney said on Monday he was referring to the New York Giants fanbase:
“I never attacked the Chiefs, never said anything about the Chiefs. Who I was referring to was the Giants fans and the people in my comments, my comment box, not even on my live recording, so you wouldn’t even know they were there. But I was referring to them, which I shouldn’t have.
I just wanted to go out there. I just wanted to get my message across as far as my injury, but I shouldn’t have did that at the end of the day. I’m a man and I can accept my mistakes just like I accept my wins. I’m just moving past that right now. We’re trying to go out and trying to win [the Super Bowl].”
Toney appeared to attack Patrick Mahomes
Toney made another comment that wasn’t doctored and appeared to be an attack on Mahomes. Per a video posted on Dov Kleiman’s X account, Toney, a former first-round pick, was asked if he considers himself a number-one wide receiver in the NFL.
“Yeah, if I get it. If I get the ball, yeah,” Toney said.
“You a Number 1 WR in this league?”
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 6, 2024
Toney has dropped the ball on being a teammate
Toney’s comments came after a regular season where he was credited for four drops from his 38 targets from Mahomes. He caught the ball 27 times out of those 38 targets. Toney also had a crucial offsides penalty go against him in the Chiefs’ loss to the Buffalo Bills in the regular season.
Reid defended Toney mid-season by saying Toney is still a young player in the league. Toney’s comments about targets show his immaturity. Toney would do better in the offseason by staying away from cameras and focusing on becoming a better wide receiver.
Toney’s mouth is working as well as his hands right now.
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