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Travis Kelce weighs in on Harrison Butker commencement speech

Travis Kelce weighs in on Harrison Butker commencement speech

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said he doesn't agree with the "majority" of Harrison Butker's recent controversial comments but noted that he will not judge his teammate for it.Butker caused a stir during his 20-minute commencement address on May 11 at Benedictine College, which is a Catholic school in Atchison, Kan. He addressed the female graduates in attendance and spoke against the "diabolical lies" society places on women who emphasize their careers over motherhood.Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said on Wednesday that he did not "necessarily agree with" Butker's comments but noted he was going to "judge him by the character he shows every single day."Kelce had a similar take on the matter while speaking Friday on his "New Heights" podcast."He's treated friends and family that I've introduced to him with nothing but respect and kindness," Kelce said of Butker. "And that's how he treats everyone. When it comes down to his views and what he said (in his) commencement speech, those are his.
Report: Man wants to drop charges against Rashee Rice

Report: Man wants to drop charges against Rashee Rice

At least one of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice's legal problems might soon be behind him.NFL Network reported Tuesday that the photographer Rice is accused of assaulting outside a Dallas nightclub earlier this month now wants the charges dropped.A police report from the alleged May 5 incident said that Rice punched a man in the face, resulting in "visible swelling."NFL Network said the man has since filed an affidavit to withdraw the complaint.Rice, 24, is participating in the Chiefs' voluntary offseason activities this week as he continues to navigate legal issues from two separate incidents.When the alleged nightclub assault took place, Rice already was in trouble in Dallas for his connection to a six-car crash on March 30. He turned himself in to police several days later and faces one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.
Report: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice participating in OTAs

Report: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice participating in OTAs

Kansas City Chiefs second-year wide receiver Rashee Rice, embroiled in legal issues stemming from two separate offseason incidents, will be a participant in all of the team's voluntary offseason activities, ESPN reported Monday.Monday is the start of the Chiefs' Phase 3 of OTAs, bringing together rookies and veterans.Rice, 24, is accused of assaulting a photographer at a Dallas nightclub earlier this month. The photog was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.The wide receiver, who grew up in the Dallas area and played for SMU, was already in trouble in the city for his connection to a six-car crash on March 30. Rice turned himself in to police several days later and faces one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.Seven people were left with injuries, including at least one woman who sustained "serious bodily injury" and another who was stranded on the highway with her 4-year-old son for about five hours after the crash.
Chiefs to open 2024 season vs. Ravens

Chiefs to open 2024 season vs. Ravens

Game 1 of the 2024 NFL regular season features the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Sept. 5.The Week 1 headliner was confirmed by the league as the build-up begins for a full schedule release on Wednesday night with select marquee games and dates made official by the NFL.The Chiefs beat the Ravens, 17-10, in the AFC Championship game to reach the Super Bowl, where Kansas City topped the San Francisco 49ers.This is the third time in five seasons the Chiefs and Ravens are scheduled to face off. The Thursday night primetime game has become a traditional spotlight game for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Reports: Chiefs' Rashee Rice suspect in alleged assault in Dallas

Reports: Chiefs' Rashee Rice suspect in alleged assault in Dallas

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is connected to another police investigation in Dallas, this time an alleged assault, WFAA and the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.Police view Rice as a suspect in an incident that took place outside a nightclub early Monday morning, according to the reports. A man allegedly hit a photographer, who was then taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Rice's attorney declined comment to the Morning News, and no charges were filed as of Tuesday evening.The wide receiver, who grew up in the Dallas area and played for SMU, was already in trouble in the city for his connection to a six-car crash on March 30. Rice turned himself in to police several days later and faces one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.An arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Morning News showed that Rice was driving 119 mph before the accident. A friend and former SMU teammate, Teddy Knox, was traveling 116 mph in a separate car, and he faces the same charges as Rice.
Reports: Chiefs decline WR Kadarius Toney's 2025 option

Reports: Chiefs decline WR Kadarius Toney's 2025 option

Kansas City wide receiver Kadarius Toney has one more season left on his rookie contract after the Chiefs declined the fifth-year 2025 option, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.Toney, 25, signed his first NFL deal after the New York Giants made him the 20th overall pick in the 2021 draft. He played one full season with New York before being traded to Kansas City in October 2022.In his first full season with the Chiefs in 2023, Toney battled injuries and had just 27 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown in 13 games (two starts). He also had six punt returns for 58 yards.Toney was injured before the season started, tearing a meniscus at the first practice of the summer and missing the rest of training camp.He played in the season opener after undergoing surgery but was bothered by injuries throughout the season. Including the postseason, he was on the Chiefs' injury report for 19 of their 21 games.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce 'extremely grateful' for new deal

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce 'extremely grateful' for new deal

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce wanted more money but was not interested in executing a leverage play as a means to get it.Kelce, as it turns out, got what he wanted as the Chiefs reworked his contract, pumping up his salary to $34.25 million over the next two seasons. The $17.125 million per year represents the highest average annual salary among all NFL tight ends."I'm not a guy that sits out," Kelce said on the "New Heights" podcast with his brother, Jason. "I'm not a guy that holds out. I'm a guy that loves coming into the building, and the Chiefs know that. So, for them to want to get this done for me knowing how much blood, sweat and tears that I put into this thing, I'm extremely grateful."Kelce, 34, was in line to earn $12 million in 2024 and $16.25 million in 2025 prior to the deal."I'm so excited and so thankful to this organization for getting it done, making me feel appreciated and compensated the right way, and on top of that I got to move the needle for the tight end room," Kelce said. "It's everyone else's job to keep making that tight end AAV (average annual value) go up and up with every single contract that's better than mine in the future."I'm so fricking thankful to (general manager) Brett Veach, (president) Mark Donovan, Coach (Andy) Reid -- Big Red, I love you, big guy -- and obviously (team owner) Clark Hunt. The Hunt family has been unbelievable to not only myself and this Kansas City community, but they've just been so generous since I've been here in making it feel like home. For the past (11) years I've been able to make this place exactly that and I've loved every single second of it and I'm going to love the next two years playing here in Kansas City and we'll see what happens after that."
Reports: Chiefs adjust Travis Kelce's contract; now highest-paid TE

Reports: Chiefs adjust Travis Kelce's contract; now highest-paid TE

Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a new two-year deal that makes the nine-time Pro Bowl selection the NFL's highest-paid tight end, according to multiple reports.Kelce's deal was quickly celebrated by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes."I told yall I'll never let him leave!! Congrats my guy! @tkelce," Mahomes said via X.The Chiefs signed head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach to contract extensions prior to the draft. Mahomes signed a 10-year deal in 2020.Kelce, 34, was set to become a free agent after the 2025 season. The new deal replaces the final two years on his existing contract, a four-year, $57.25 million deal he signed in August 2020.
Chiefs: Speedster WR worthy of early draft pick

Chiefs: Speedster WR worthy of early draft pick

Xavier Worthy might not win a weigh-in, but the first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs was highly rated by the front office because of his playmaking skills, speed and production at Texas.A wide receiver with the Longhorns, Worthy reeled in 26 receiving touchdowns in three seasons before blazing a 4.21-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.At 165 pounds, Worthy's weight isn't a worry to the Chiefs because of the toughness he showed on the field at Texas."You're asking the wrong guy about weight," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of the 28th overall pick in the draft. "I think he's fine where he's at. I don't think that's a problem. He's playing at a high level, and he's been doing this since he was a freshman. I'm not too worried about the weight."Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said Worthy, 20, still is growing and plans to connect with the team nutritionist to be in full alignment with Kansas City's plan to bulk him up, if only slightly."We'll have him with our dietitian and our weight staff. We're not going to make him 200 pounds," Veach joked, "but also keep him at the 175-180 mark I think will be a healthy weight for him. It will all make sense ... all these (draft picks) are going to have to get bigger and stronger just from the marathon of the season, just to survive more games."Reid said Worthy would be used as a receiver and returner as a rookie. He'll join a WR corps that added Hollywood Brown and expects to have Rashee Rice back for a second season after he led the team in receptions as a rookie.
Chiefs extend deals of Andy Reid, GM, president

Chiefs extend deals of Andy Reid, GM, president

Back-to-back Super Bowl championships and three titles in a five-year span prompted the Kansas City Chiefs to reward their top brass with contract extensions on Monday.Coach Andy Reid, general manager Brett Veach and club president Mark Donovan received what the club termed as long-term deals, though specifics weren't announced.According to NFL.com, Reid got a new pact that runs through 2029 and makes him the league's highest-paid coach."Mark, Brett and Andy have achieved historic success together, and we are thrilled that they will continue in their roles for many years to come," Chiefs chairman/CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "Individually, Mark, Brett and Andy each represent the best in the National Football League at their respective positions, and together, they make up one of the finest leadership teams in all of professional sports."They have been tremendous leaders for this organization on and off the field, and we look forward to their continued success in the years ahead."Reid, 66, has been on the job since 2013, compiling a 128-51 regular-season record and a 16-7 playoff mark in Kansas City. He has led the Chiefs to the playoffs in all but one of his 11 seasons.
Andy Reid: Chiefs expect WR Rashee Rice to virtually attend meetings

Andy Reid: Chiefs expect WR Rashee Rice to virtually attend meetings

Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice and head coach Andy Reid are in contact about offseason plans following Rice's arrest on charges stemming from a six-vehicle accident last month.Reid said Monday that the first phase of the voluntary workout program would include Rice as a virtual attendee, but offered no details on their conversations or how the Chiefs would move forward depending on the legal matter in Texas."I'm leaving that, like we've done most of these, for the law enforcement part to take place and then we will go from there with that," Reid said.Rice was driving 119 mph before causing a six-vehicle crash March 30 on a Dallas highway, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit. He was captured on video near the site of the crash with four others leaving the scene, police said.Rice is working out with multiple teammates in Texas, Reid said. Among them is quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who said Monday they will "continue that work" as Rice's case moves through the legal system.
Affidavit: Chiefs' Rashee Rice drove 119 mph before six-car crash

Affidavit: Chiefs' Rashee Rice drove 119 mph before six-car crash

Kansas City Chiefs wideout Rashee Rice was driving 119 mph before causing a six-vehicle crash on March 30 on a Dallas highway, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News.Rice's Lamborghini Urus reached 119 mph 4.5 seconds before the collision, according to the affidavit. A Chevrolet Corvette driven by SMU cornerback Teddy Knox was traveling 116 mph 7.5 seconds before the collision before slowing to 91 1.5 seconds before the crash.The crash on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75) left at least seven people with injuries.The two cars "made multiple aggressive maneuvers to get through traffic," the affidavit said.Rice and four other men were seen leaving the scene of the crash without seeing if any of the injured needed help.Rice is facing one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury, according to police.Rice turned himself into police on Thursday and was later released on bond. On April 3, he said he took "full responsibility" for his actions.Knox has been suspended by the SMU football team. He turned himself in on Friday and faces the same charges as Rice, his former SMU teammate.
Chiefs WR Rashee Rice surrenders to police

Chiefs WR Rashee Rice surrenders to police

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice turned himself in to police on Thursday, a day after an arrest warrant was issued for charges stemming from a six-car collision in Dallas on March 30.According to multiple media reports, Rice surrendered to Glenn Heights, Texas, police, then was booked into the regional jail in DeSoto, Texas. He subsequently was released on bond.Police allege that Rice, driving a Lamborghini, and SMU cornerback Teddy Knox, driving a Corvette, were speeding on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75) when they caused a chain-reaction wreck that left four people with minor injuries.Rice and Knox each face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.Rice's lawyer, Royce West, said in a statement: "I want to re-emphasize Mr. Rice's continued cooperation with law enforcement. Mr. Rice acknowledges his actions and feels deeply for those injured as a result of this accident. Our legal team is now tasked with reviewing all legal documents."Last week, Rice came forward to apologize to the injured parties and accept responsibility for the accidents.
Arrest warrant issued for Chiefs WR Rashee Rice

Arrest warrant issued for Chiefs WR Rashee Rice

Dallas police issued an arrest warrant for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice on Wednesday on eight charges stemming from a chain-reaction crash on March 30.Four people sustained minor injuries in a incident that was created by two speeding cars, according to the police.Rice and the man police say was driving the other speeding car, Theodore Knox, 21, each face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.Rice, who is not yet in custody, has one day to appear. Multiple outlets reported that he plans to turn himself in.Last week, Rice came forward to apologize to the injured parties and accept responsibility for the accidents.He posted to his Instagram story on April 3, "Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday's accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident."A Lamborghini sport utility vehicle leased by Rice was one of two speeding sports cars that authorities say caused a chain-reaction crash on a downtown Dallas highway.The occupants of the Lamborghini and a Corvette left the scene without checking to see if anyone needed medical attention or providing their information, according to police.
Report: Chiefs re-signing DE Mike Danna to 3-year, $24M contract

Report: Chiefs re-signing DE Mike Danna to 3-year, $24M contract

The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing starting defensive end Mike Danna to a three-year contract worth $24 million with $13 million guaranteed, NFL Network reported Friday evening.A first-time unrestricted free agent, Danna, 26, started 16 regular-season games and all four playoff games for the Super Bowl champions. He totaled career highs of 50 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hits in the regular season and added seven tackles in the postseason.He set career highs in 2023 with 745 defensive snaps (74 percent of Chiefs' snaps) and 65 special teams snaps (16 percent).
Lawyer: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice was driving Lamborghini in crash

Lawyer: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice was driving Lamborghini in crash

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was driving the Lamborghini at the center of a six-car, hit-and-run crash in Dallas on Saturday, Rice's attorney said Thursday in a news conference.Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries sustained in the chain-reaction collision that occurred after Rice's Lamborghini and a Corvette crashed while speeding, police said. Two others were treated for lesser injuries at the scene.Royce West, Rice's attorney, said Rice "wants to make certain it's understood and appreciated that he's going to do everything in his power to bring their life back to as normal as possible."West said Rice knows someone could have been seriously injured."He understands that, he appreciates that, that's why he wanted to come out and say he's going to be responsible for making certain that the victims are made whole as best as possible," the lawyer said.Rice and the driver of the Corvette both fled the scene, according to police, and West said "that's still being investigated." He said Rice is cooperating with police.
Reports: Chiefs, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire agree to 1-year deal

Reports: Chiefs, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire agree to 1-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on a one-year contract, several reports said Tuesday.Edwards-Helaire, who turns 25 April 11, was the Chiefs' first-round draft pick (No. 32 overall) in 2020 and spent his first four NFL seasons with the club. He lost his starting job to Isiah Pacheco during the 2022 campaign, and 2023 saw his lowest production yet.In 15 games (three starts) last season, Edwards-Helaire had 70 carries for 223 rushing yards and one touchdown, along with 17 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown.
Chiefs' Rashee Rice takes 'full responsibility' for crash

Chiefs' Rashee Rice takes 'full responsibility' for crash

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Rashee Rice met with Dallas police Wednesday and apologized on social media for his role in a weekend car accident that injured four people."Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday's accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities," he posted to his Instagram story. "I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident."A Lamborghini sport utility vehicle leased by Rice was one of two speeding sports cars that authorities say caused a chain-reaction crash on a downtown Dallas highway on Saturday night.The occupants of the Lamborghini and a Corvette left the scene without checking to see if anyone needed medical attention or providing their information, according to police.Attorney Royce West said earlier this week that Rice is cooperating with police "and will take all necessary steps to address this situation responsibly."
Chiefs, Royals ponder future after voters reject stadium tax

Chiefs, Royals ponder future after voters reject stadium tax

The Chiefs and Royals are questioning their futures in Kansas City after voters rejected the extension of a sales tax that the teams said would have assured they remain in the area.Voters in Jackson County, Mo., voted no Tuesday on the ballot measure that would have kept a three-eights-cent sales tax for stadium financing in place for the next 40 years. The measure failed 58.1 percent to 41.9 percent.The two teams have played at the Truman Sports Complex for more than 50 years -- the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium since 1972 and the Royals at Kauffman Stadium since 1973. The Royals want to build a new downtown stadium, and the Chiefs want to make extensive renovations at Arrowhead."We respect the democratic process, we respect the voters of Jackson County and the results of the election," John Sherman, the Royals' owner, said Tuesday night. "We're deeply disappointed, as we are steadfast in our belief that Jackson County is far better off with the Chiefs and the Royals. This is a belief I both hold professionally and personally, as someone whose roots run deep in this town."We will take some time to reflect on and process the outcome and find a path forward that works for the Royals and our fans."Approval of the sales tax extension would have helped fund both a new Royals stadium and the Arrowhead improvements.Sherman has said ownership of the Royals would contribute at least $1 billion to replace Kauffman, the sixth-oldest stadium in baseball. Clark Hunt, owner of the Chiefs, pledged $300 million toward $800 million for upgrades at Arrowhead, the third-oldest in the NFL."We're disappointed," Chiefs team president Mark Donovan said. "We feel we put forth the best offer for Jackson County. We were ready to extend the longstanding partnership the teams have enjoyed with this county."We will do, and look to do, what is in the best interest of our fans and our organization as we move forward."A variety of community groups in Kansas City had come out against the proposal, saying the burden was too high on taxpayers and ownership needed to do more.
Reports: Chiefs add Carson Wentz as backup QB

Reports: Chiefs add Carson Wentz as backup QB

Carson Wentz is headed to his fifth team in as many years, as the veteran quarterback agreed to a one-year deal to back up Patrick Mahomes with the Kansas City Chiefs, multiple media outlets reported Monday night.Wentz, 31, takes the spot previously occupied by Blaine Gabbert, who is currently a free agent.Selected second overall by the Eagles in the 2016 draft out of North Dakota State, Wentz spent five years in Philadelphia. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017 but missed the postseason that year due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and the Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback.After producing a 35-32-1 record as Philadelphia's starter, went on to one-year stints as a starter with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 (9-8 record) and the Washington Commanders in 2022 (2-5 record).Last year, he was unsigned until midseason before landing with the Los Angeles Rams. Wentz saw his only action of the year when he started the regular-season finale in place of Matthew Stafford as the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers rested players ahead of the postseason. Los Angeles emerged with a 21-20 win. Wentz threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and he was intercepted once.

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