Kelce bumping Coach Reid was not a good look

Have you ever said or done something at work or at home that you regretted? Maybe it felt right at the time when you said something out of frustration, but deep down you knew your comments were not helpful — only hurtful.

Sad to say, I have improperly expressed myself far too many times. The hope is, of course, that we learn from our mistakes and handle our emotions better going forward.

If you watched the Super Bowl game this year, one particular incident generated a lot of attention – when Chiefs future Hall of Fame tight end Travis Kelce bumped Coach Andy Reid, and out of frustration, screamed at him.

Kelce has shown anger issues before. Late in the season, he came off the field and slammed his helmet on the ground in disgust.

Kelce is a pro football veteran at 34 years of age, so he should know better. Granted, most professional athletes are super-competitive, which is usually a blessing, and occasionally a curse.

The Chiefs won the Super Bowl, so many accepted Kelce’s behavior as “one of those things.” But to simply let it slide and say “that’s okay” isn’t wise if nothing is learned.

In a podcast with his brother Jason Kelce, Jason said that his brother “crossed the line,” and that his yelling in Reid’s face was “too over the top.”

A repentant Travis called the incident a “cheap shot,” adding that he wishes he could have taken what he did back. He also said he loved playing for Coach Reid, and if Reid had resigned from coaching, Travis likely would have as well.

Travis explained that Reid came up to him after the incident and didn’t have any harsh words for him, even though Kelce expected some.

“I deserve it,” said Travis. “If he would have cold-cocked me in the face right there, I would have just ate it.”

Instead, Reid told Kelce that he loves his passion.

Coaches and players have battled each other on the sideline throughout the years in the NFL, especially in high-tension games like the Super Bowl.

But Reid is beloved by his entire team, especially Kelce, who has been a part of this Chiefs dynasty from the beginning.

Kelce was supported by another legend of the game in the form of Tom Brady, who said that the encounter was typical NFL “family issues” and something he was a part of regularly.

“Emotions are so high. You are definitely not centered and balanced. You’re not in a meditative state at that point,” Brady said on the ‘Let’s Go! With Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray podcast. “You are fully determined to go out there and to win.

“So I think a lot of the things that are said during the games, people should just let them fly off their back. And I actually think Coach Reid handled it just awesome, like he always does, ‘cause he just said: ‘I was a little off balance and Travis is such a competitor.’ And I love that because it just speaks to his leadership ability.”

So all is well that ends well, right? Not really. It’s fine that Kelce and Reid have a strong coach/player relationship despite the kerfuffle, but it hardly sets a good example for young athletes.

If Kelce had bumped an official the way he bumped Reid, he would have been ejected from the game.

If he had bumped any other coach the way he bumped Reid, he might have been put on the bench.

For high school and college athletes, bumping and yelling at a coach during a game is not going to be tolerated and end well for the player.

To put it in context, it also wouldn’t go well for any employee who bumps and yells at his or her boss.

It’s great that Kelce and Coach Reid are able to work together for the good of the team, but at the very least, what happened during the Super Bowl was not a good look.

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