The Kansas City Chiefs worked overtime on November 7 in Oakland before emerging with a 23-20 loss. After the game, the Chiefs worked overtime in an effort to get out of town.
Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Transportation Safety Agencies detained the Chiefs’ buses by three hours after the game, based on a belief by a TSA agent that she saw a bag of white powder fall out of the jacket of a Chiefs player.
The powder was believed to be cocaine. After the player was questioned at length by authorities, it was determined to be a nutritional supplement.
TSA agents pre-screen players on visiting NFL teams at the stadium, so that they can be taken straight to their airline gate by bus.
Tafur also shoots down the notion that the Raiders had a role in the incident. “There were no Raider players or officials anywhere around that area,” Oakland deputy police chief Jeffrey Israel told Tafur. “The only people there were Chiefs and TSA agents.”
The fact that Tafur felt compelled to obtain a comment ruling out Raider involvement makes us wonder whether Tafur’s source specifically blamed the Raiders. It also makes us wonder whether someone from the Chiefs spoon-fed the story to Tafur, who reported the news from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.