New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has an outrageous reason for why Patriots fans hate him.

Kelce spoke to Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe on Wednesday about what feels like a budding rivalry between the Pats and Chiefs, as well as the constant comparisons to former New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. That’s how he came up with a theory that … it’s truly a farce.

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The above clip appears to pick Kelce up mid-sentence, but he is apparently explaining what stands out about the budding Patriots-Chiefs rivalry – which is “the Pats fans, for whatever reason, just hating me for being a white tight end wearing 87.”

He continued: “Like if I would’ve had on 84, none of this would’ve ever been talked about. But because I wore 87, all the sudden the ‘Pats Nation’ absolutely hated me.”

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Jonathan Jones #31 of the New England Patriots in the first half during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Travis Kelce claimed in a new interview that Patriots fans hate him for “being a white tight end wearing 87.” (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Not sure why the guy’s bringing race into this. But back to the jersey number. Can’t stress enough how little the number 87 has to do with why fans hated him. I’d imagine it’s largely about his behavior as a person.

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Doesn’t mean he deserves a good murderin’, which – let’s be clear – he does not. He’s definitely been told such things on social media. Maybe he’s just referring to a handful of absolute psychos. The kind who threatens your family because you catch footballs in a uniform that’s not the one he likes.

But you have to think even Ted Bundy would give Kelce a pass for the stupid jersey number. And wow did he deliver that theory so confidently. The total self-assuredness while being completely incorrect. That was laugh-out-loud funny.

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