Football followers and Taylor Swift’s own massive fanbase have united as one to roundly reject suggestions from NFL analysts that the singer is partly to blame for the Chiefs’ recent struggles.
Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce and his Kansas City team have failed to recapture the form that saw them win the Super Bowl last year, with their woes compounded by a miserable 20-14 loss at Arrowhead Stadium to the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Day.
The Chiefs conceded two touchdowns in seven seconds, with the Raiders pouncing on a mix-up between Isiah Pacheco and quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the first, before Jack Jones’ pick-six moments later when he intercepted a Mahomes throw.
Frustration got the better of Kelce, as well, as he was caught on camera slamming his helmet to the ground before his coach, Andy Reid, gave him a shoulder nudge and tried to get him to regain his focus.
But according to Undisputed host Skip Bayless and OutKick founder Clay Travis, the extra attention on the Chiefs that comes with Kelce dating Swift is causing the season to unravel.
Travis took to Twitter on Christmas Day, after the Chiefs loss, and wrote: ‘The Chiefs are not a good football team and Travis Kelce looks like he should retire.
‘He’s been worthless the last seven or eight weeks. The double worthless Pfizer shots may have caught up with him. Either that or Taylor Swift is the Chiefs Yoko Ono. Maybe both.’
Bayless, meanwhile, tweeted around the same time saying: ‘Feels like it’s about time to call Taylor Swift a distraction. What do you think, Patrick? Andy? How about you, Travis?’
But both claims were met with derision from NFL fans and Swift’s own supporters, given that the Chiefs clearly have issues on the field, rather than the stands, that clearly need addressing.
Bayless doubled down on the claims on Undisputed on Tuesday, saying it ‘is a lot of stuff on top of the battles you are facing on the field’.