Kansas City Chiefs’ standout tight end, Travis Kelce, has been a focal point of media attention this season, not just for his on-field prowess but also due to his public relationship with pop sensation Taylor Swift.
Swift, a regular at Chiefs games, has been absent from recent matches, possibly due to her ongoing Eras Tour in Argentina.
Reports now suggest that Kelce will join her during the Chiefs’ bye week, adding fuel to a concerning trend among NFL fans.
Criticism of Bye Week Plans
Kelce finds himself as the latest target of fan criticism regarding bye week plans, despite his status as one of the NFL’s top tight ends and the Chiefs boasting a 7-2 record this season. Fans took to social media to express their discontent:
“So he doesn’t need to practice now? Bro, I’m trying to win a fantasy title.”
“You need to be working out with the team. You had 14 yards last game. Now isn’t the time to go to concerts.”
“Bro, this is ridiculous; he’s gotta practice.”
“The only thing he’ll catch that week is some weird flu and ride pine on the week he gets back. Watch…”
“Tony Romo traveling during the bye week out of the country with Jessica Simpson vibes.”
While some fans offered support, others dismissed the situation as unworthy of news coverage.
Nevertheless, given the prominence of Kelce and Swift, it’s anticipated that this will continue to make headlines.
Other Recent Bye Week Criticism
Kelce isn’t the sole player facing scrutiny for bye-week plans. San Francisco 49ers QB Brock Purdy received criticism for spending his bye week on an Iowa farm with his fiancée, especially considering the 49ers’ three-game losing streak.
New York Jets QB Zach Wilson faced similar backlash for spending his bye week in Utah with family before orchestrating a game-winning drive against the New York Giants.
While the criticism stems from the expectation that highly-paid players should always be at their best, it’s essential to recognize their humanity.
Travis Kelce, like any other player, deserves the chance to enjoy his bye week before a crucial Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ultimately, the best response to bye-week criticism lies in Kelce’s on-field impact during the upcoming game.