Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid laughed off his in-game altercation with Travis Kelce following the team's overtime victory in Super Bowl 58 over the San Francisco 49ers, revealing that the tight end simply wanted to be brought onto the field.
Photographs depicted Kelce, 34, the partner of singer-songwriter sensation Taylor Swift, unbalancing Reid while passionately expressing himself in the face of the 65-year-old, as the Chiefs struggled to gain momentum in a cautious first half in Las Vegas.
Reid had opted to take Kelce out of the play, which resulted in Isiah Pacheco fumbling in the end zone. The frustration of the Chiefs' star then overflowed, leading Jerick McKinnon to intervene and pull his teammate away.
The Chiefs ultimately secured their third Super Bowl in five years in a thrilling manner, with Patrick Mahomes delivering a walk-off touchdown to Mecole Hardman, securing a 25-22 victory in overtime.
Speaking to the media shortly after the win, Reid revealed details about his altercation with Kelce and jokingly mentioned that the 6 ft 5 in tight end had delivered a 'cheap shot.'
"He caught me off balance, I wasn’t watching. Cheap shot! That’s alright, he did good!" Reid said.
"He was really coming over just to go, “Put me in, I’ll score!”, so that’s really what it was.
"Well I love that. It’s not the first time. Listen, I appreciate him."
Reid had earlier told CBS: ‘He keeps me young. [My balance is] not so good!
"He tested that hip out! He caught me off balance. Normally, I’d give him a little bit but I didn’t have my feet under me."
Kelce played down the significance of the altercation and jested that he was simply telling his coach how much he ‘loved’ him.
"You guys saw that?!" he told ESPN
"Man, I’m going to keep that between us unless my Mic’d Up tells the world, but I was just telling him how much I love him! [laughs]."
Addressing the media later on, an emotional Kelce said he owed his whole career to the ‘unbelievable’ Reid.
"I’ve got the greatest coach this world has ever seen,"Kelce said.
"He’s unbelievable, not only in having everyone prepared. He’s one of the best leaders of men that I’ve ever seen in my life.
"He’s helped me a lot with channeling that emotion, channeling that passion and I owe my entire career to that guy and being able to control how emotional I get and I just love him, man."