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A drunk Patrick Mahomes is kept from falling off the bus by staff.

A drunk Patrick Mahomes at Chiefs parade angers fans

The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated their Super Bowl victory with a downtown parade and rally on the Wednesday after the Super Bowl. Fans have continued to voice their opinion that the players celebrated too much.

The controversy had not died down a week after an estimated one million fans, twice the population of Kansas City, Mo., attended the parade.

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Mahomes takes a beer shower.

Patrick Mahomes was seen chugging so many beers, fans watching on television lost count. He then accidentally or absent-mindedly gave the Vince Lombardi Trophy to a fan and walked away. Speculation has swirled that the Super Bowl MVP was drunk.  Fortunately, the trophy actually turned out to be a replica.

Fans most upset may be those who wish Mahomes would live out his self-described Christian faith. Mahomes has been public about his faith. After the AFC Championship on Jan. 29, Mahomes had given God the credit for helping him lead his team to the Super Bowl.

“First off, I wanna thank God, man,” Mahomes said. “He healed my body this week to battle through that. He gave me the strength to be out here. I was with this team, man. We played together. I said it from the beginning, when we were in the locker room, I said we gotta be together, and this team stepped up.”

“I know that I am here for a reason, to glorify Him,” Mahomes said during one of his press conferences before the Super Bowl. “It means everything, not only about my football career but all the decisions that I’ve made. I have a faith backing, and I know why I am here. It’s not about winning football games. It’s about glorifying Him. I think it gives me that I have no pressure when I step out on that football field; I know why I am here.”

Chiefs cornerback Jaylen Watson was also drunk, say witnesses,  with videos of him leaving the celebration in a wheelchair going viral.

While Mahomes’ move won praise from Tom Brady, who became drunk off the avocado tequila during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl celebration in 2021, the video of Mahomes, who describes himself as a Christian and role model, has not gone over well.

Social media posts and other news outlets are filled with disappointed fans: “it’s still a family-time event, act accordingly, like you been there before have some class.”

“I was surprised and dismayed to see that Patrick Mahomes and other players were drinking alcohol again. I felt that way three years ago, and I thought there would have been enough negative feedback from the parents of children and teenagers voicing their concerns to the Chiefs’ administration that it wouldn’t be repeated,” wrote Skip Stogsdill of Overland Park under the heading “Not in Public.” Stogsdill said if they want to get drunk next time to do it out of the public eye. “Impressionable young people deserve better role models than what you’ve displayed twice.”

Stogsdill may not be exagerating. Mahomes was so drunk, video captured him almost toppling over the edge of the bus as he downed another beer.

A series of letters to the editor was published in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, and fans who wrote in expressed their dismay to the beer-drinking celebration. One person wrote that Coach Andy Reid should not have allowed it to happen.

“The main reason is that a drinking Chief is not a good role model for young fans who are there to see their heroes,” the letter said. “Second, even the adult fans don’t want to see drunken players at this important celebration. Third, tragic things happen when drinking is involved. Some Chiefs even bragged through social media about how drunk they were afterward. I am ashamed that players I cheered for could barely walk after they got off the bus. No doubt this spectacle made the news in other cities.”

Another person had an issue with the message it may be sending to young fans.

“Next time there’s a victory parade, please imbibe your alcohol privately and discreetly. Impressionable young people deserve better role models than what you’ve displayed twice,” the fan wrote.

While it may be nice to see so many of today’s young athletes publicly share their Christian faith, it’s also obvious that many of them have a ways to go to mature in that faith.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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