Travis Kelce fined for ripping ref

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After the Chiefs lost to the Steelers on Sunday, Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce ripped referee Carl Cheffers, saying Cheffers “shouldn’t be able to wear a zebra jersey,” even at Foot Locker. The NFL was not amused.

A league source tells PFT that Kelce has been fined for criticizing Cheffers.

Although we have not confirmed the exact amount of Kelce’s fine, it’s believed to be about $12,500. That’s half of what Josh Norman was fined for telling an official he sucked during the regular season.

Players generally get a pass if they criticize the officiating in a general sense. When they start to get personal toward an individual official, that’s when the league cracks down. The NFL felt that Kelce, by specifically identifying Cheffers and criticizing not just one specific holding call but Cheffers’ competence in general, had crossed the line.

The NFL has also said that Cheffers was correct on the call in question, a holding call on Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher. And the NFL has appointed Cheffers to referee the Super Bowl, demonstrating that the league is satisfied that Cheffers is fully capable of wearing the zebra jersey to do more than sell footwear.

54 responses to “Travis Kelce fined for ripping ref

  1. Kelce is a typical millennial. He thinks he was owed the victory as opposed to having to earn it on the field. When he and his team failed, he blames someone else for his misfortune. He acts as if it should be given to him.

    It’s all fun and games for Kelce with his dancing and look at me I made a first down celebration BS during the course of a game when things are going his way. His true character is revealed in defeat, a defeat that he had a good deal of responsibility for.

  2. Sometimes things get said in the heat of the moment. Fine or no fine Kelce should have manned up and apologized once he saw the replay. That was a tough way to lose the game and that type of hold doesn’t always get called but it is always a hold.

  3. kelce cost his team at least two games this season including this one.

    he is a giant t-rex sized dump personified; in his future life he will return as a even more giant loser than he is now.

  4. Way too much protection for these guys who keep on getting game changing plays wrong.
    I don’t think the zebras should be beaten up but I think any player should say what us fans are thinking about them any time without any repercussions.
    Welcome to Goodell’s NFL where the Constitution doesn’t exist.

  5. Kelce is a sore loser. Had a costly drop as well as a costly penalty. Both of which had direct outcome on the game. When they lose, instead of admitting to his poor play and poor gamesmanship, he cries about the refs and blames them instead of himself. The dude is weak and to be honest, pathetic.

  6. Kelce was right. The call was made, right or wrong, only to aggrandize the official on a pivotal play. Officials who face no public chastisement become too godlike to the detriment of the game. No one is above rebuke.

  7. Kelce is like Gronkowski only…..more stupid and less talented.

    Never seen a bigger idiot, gets ejected in one game for fighting with refs already

    When the attitude is a bigger cancer than the talent is when you have somebody like Travis Kelce on your roster.

    Refs didn’t cost them the game, incompetent QB play and dropped passes did.

  8. Officiating in general is bad. Way to many flags. Holding on the front lines on almost every play…refs pick and choose when to toss the flag. Blatant stuff is sometimes missed and small ticky- tacky stuff is called that has no impact on the play. I watch at home and just shake my head. Did that hold have any impact on the play? If not, then on a play of that importance keep the flag in your pocket.

  9. Kelce is a punk. If he could do his job half as well as the officials do theirs, maybe his Chiefs would still be in the playoffs.
    That was not holding on the play in question — it was a hanging!! How anyone in their right mind could question that call is beyond me. It should be used for future reference as to exactly what holding is.
    That’s what makes Kelce’s whining even worse — he could not have picked a play to complain about that was more correct.
    I think Kelce should be suspended for one game. After all, he also took a cheap shot on a Steeler after a play was over, pushing him to the ground long after the play was over. He got a flag for that, but he still didn’t learn.
    Kelce is everything I hate about many modern athletes. He is a punk, jerk, whiner, cry baby, moron, and any other bad name you want to call him. They all fit.

  10. genehall2015 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 7:01 PM
    Kelce was right. The call was made, right or wrong, only to aggrandize the official on a pivotal play. Officials who face no public chastisement become too godlike to the detriment of the game. No one is above rebuke.

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    You are clueless. Quit your whining. The Steelers beat the Chiefs because they were the better team, and because Andy Reid folds like a two week old rose in big games.

  11. The refs always favor Pittsburgh. We remember the Steelers’ SBs against Seattle and Arizona. Some of the worst, one-sided calls in SB history.

    However, the holding call was the correct call. It was an easy one at that.

    I lost a lot of respect for Kelce during that game. He self-destructed and picked up a 15 yd penalty when he lost his composure.

  12. I’m get tired of the occassional comparison between Kelce & Gronk. Travis Kelce isn’t even CLOSE to as good as Gronkowski. Gronk is faster, tougher, has better hands, is a better blocker, better route runner, is clutch, a team player, isn’t an a-hole, I could go on for days!

    No, I am NOT a Patriots fan by the way.

  13. genehall2015 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 7:01 PM
    Kelce was right. The call was made, right or wrong, only to aggrandize the official on a pivotal play.
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    Or, just maybe, the call was made because (gasp!) it was an egregious hold that took Harrison to the ground out in open space.

  14. packmanfan says:
    Jan 20, 2017 6:50 PM
    Way too much protection for these guys who keep on getting game changing plays wrong.
    I don’t think the zebras should be beaten up but I think any player should say what us fans are thinking about them any time without any repercussions.
    Welcome to Goodell’s NFL where the Constitution doesn’t exist.

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    The Constitution? Are you serious? Man, are you clueless. The NFL has rules because they are necessary. And because the players are often as stupid and arrogant as Kelce is.
    Just ask yourself this, Einstein. Would Kelce be able to rip someone they way he did if he worked in the real world? Suppose he worked in an office and he didn’t like what a supervisor did. You think he’d get away with ripping him the way he ripped the official?
    And the bottom line is, the official was 100% right. That was blatant holding at its best. If the tackle doesn’t strangle Harrison the way he did, there’s a good chance he’d have gotten to Smith and disrupted the play anyway.
    I wonder how you’d feel if that penalty had been on the Steelers. I don’t need you to tell me, because I already know. You’d be raving about the great call the official made.

  15. This is both correct, and incorrect. Anyone who has ever played, will tell you that zebras “could” potentially call holding on almost every play. It appears to many, some egregious calls are intentionally missed, and minor calls intentionally made. But the NFL always make excuses for their staffs blunders, while dropping the hammer on players.

  16. breadmeatcheese says:
    Jan 20, 2017 6:47 PM

    he is a giant t-rex sized dump personified
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    I think there is a children’s book in your future.

  17. r502 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 6:40 PM

    Kelce is a typical millennial.

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    Given that millenials are ages 18-34, the vast majority of NFL players are actually millenials.

    Not many of them behave like Kelce.

  18. KC scored 16 points. They didn’t lose because of the game officials. The odds of winning an NFL game since 1970 when you score 16 points or less is .173.

  19. This is an opinion, and should be protected under freedom of speech. And Kelce has a point, half the refs should lose their job due to inefficient and non consistent calls. It is highly unlikely that all 124 officials act completely unbiased. To be a ref you have to have passion, and if you passionate about this game, you will have some sort of bias. I feel refs need to be fined more times than players are getting fined. But if you speak against the NFL you are immediately chastised whether you are right or wrong.

  20. I have an issue with the fact that players are fined for asking that officials be held accountable. The level of consistency in officiating is just awful.

    Fine. That was technically holding. You want to call it? OK. Do your thing. But if you are going to call it in that moment, you HAVE to have called it the other 15 times it happened in that game where it went uncalled. I’m not a Chiefs fan or a Steelers fan. I have no dog in this fight. But the inconsistency without accountability severely degrades the quality of the experience as a viewer.

  21. So, doing the math: a 5 year contract for $46m = $9.2m/yr. The $12k fine represents 0.14%(!). This compares to a $70k/job with a $95 fine….

    Really? this is not a meaningful fine – just NFL gloss-over.

  22. “This is an opinion, and should be protected under freedom of speech.”

    i agree, but there is a huge gap, for a lot of things in this world, between what we are taugh, and what is reality. seriously, one of our supposed “top rights” is to not be killed or maimed for speaking our minds.

    i think we need to aim for better rights, our current supposed ones are pathetic, if not completely nonexistent.

  23. internetcommenter7 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 7:44 PM
    The idea that you can be fined for pointing out that these guys are clowns is obscene

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    Congrats! Apparently unanimous down votes for you – there’s an old adage about biting the hand that feeds you….

  24. I have an idea….catch the ball when its thrown to you and don’t worry about the refs! LOSER!

  25. carloswlassiter says:
    Jan 20, 2017 7:35 PM
    breadmeatcheese says:
    Jan 20, 2017 6:47 PM

    he is a giant t-rex sized dump personified
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    I think there is a children’s book in your future.

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    thanks Carlos.

  26. Just look at Carl Cheffers first game this season. Packers/Jaguars, 16 incorrect calls going the Packers way. Packers would not be in the playoffs if it weren’t for him. Now we know which is his second favorite team.

  27. You guys (pft) have been saying that players only get fined if they make it personal with the ref, and you really seem to be right.

    Has that always been the unspoken rule and I missed it, or have you just put 2 and 2 together, or has there been a more direct confirmation from the league?

  28. Good. It won’t do a bit of good, but good.

    He put enough OBJ tape on for the rest of the league that Kansas City should jettison this kid into free agency quickly.

    Yeah, I know, but KC can dream.

  29. After that game, Kelce should have been the last player
    on the Chiefs team to complain about someone not doing
    their job effectively.

    Two key drops, one would have set up the Chiefs
    with goal to go, and another crucial personal foul.
    He first needs to stop hurting his own team through
    his selfish and careless behavior.

  30. panagos91 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 8:02 PM
    This is an opinion, and should be protected under freedom of speech. ……… But if you speak against the NFL you are immediately chastised whether you are right or wrong.

    Wrong, Constitution doesn’t apply to your workplace, and being chastised depends on which team you play for.

    Some teams are suspected of doing things, like having underinflated balls and are chastised, others are found red handed using underinflated balls heatingn balls on the sidelines or admitting to sticking needles in balls during a game and get nada.

  31. It would be so refreshing if, no matter the team, they would just lose with class. Every team, every game, has had calls that they think went against them. KC didn’t play well enough, the end. They had plenty of opportunities to score. If the Steelers had lost, I would be the first to tell you, settling for FGs isn’t going to win many ballgames. It’s just like this, if the Steelers O doesn’t get it together tomorrow, their season is over.

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