Chiefs G.M.: No more basketball for Patrick Mahomes

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The Chiefs are a year away from even being able to break the bank for quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

But they’re getting a head start on protecting their investment.

Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said during an interview with 810 WHB in Kansas City that after seeing the league MVP playing basketball at a local gym, he reached out to the quarterback’s agent and asked him to not do that anymore.

“We spoke to Pat Mahomes’ agent and said Chiefs Kingdom can be assured there will be no more basketball for Pat,” Veach said. “We were able to nip that in the bud.”

Mahomes was just playing a pickup game against what looks like a regular midday pickup game at a Lifetime Fitness, and video hit the internet. As Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star noted immediately, that’s just not a thing that is supposed to happen.

While it’s hard to wrap a 23-year-old in bubble wrap, the Chiefs have a right to want to make sure Mahomes is well enough to try to back up his incredible season.

55 responses to “Chiefs G.M.: No more basketball for Patrick Mahomes

  1. To whom much is given, much is required. Has to kind of suck being told you can’t go out and play basketball in your spare time, but considering the massive windfall he’s going to receive I’m sure he’ll cope. There’s not enough time in the day to list all the things I’d sacrifice for 5-10 years for a few hundred million dollars.

  2. If it’s important to him, he needs to make sure there’s a clause in he contract allowing it. And he needs to realize that such a clause won’t come cheap.

  3. We see this all the time, pro athletes wanting to have fun like you and me but they dont think of how much money they will loose if the get injured. Their body and skill will make them tons of money….be safe dont screw it up.

  4. Yeah, the Chiefs can’t risk it, playing bball is probably great for him staying in good shape during the offseason but if anything were to happen that would be a killer so Mahomes has to wrap himself in bubble wrap for now.

  5. “He isn’t going to suffer a career ending injury playing basketball.”

    Not the smartest thing I’ve ever seen on these posts.

    No basketball, no baseball, no tennis, no bowling, no badminton, no darts, no curling and no skates of any kind.

    If he gets hurt lifting weights or on the field in preparation for the season, so be it.

    Getting hurt off the field, on your own time, is inexcusable.

    Be smart, stay healthy, cash checks.

    Really big checks with lots of commas and zeroes.

  6. I’d say it’s more of, dude, you’re playing pickup basketball with random scrubs, what are you thinking? Fun, sure… But one of those guys could end up being some tool who wants to foul the league MVP, or worse yet trip over his own 2 feet and blow out your knee.

  7. Seems like nobody here realizes that there’s been many incidents with NFL players regarding playing basketball…

  8. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    This is stupid. You can’t roll him in bubble wrap the whole offseason. He could get injured lifting weights or in any number of other activities. He isn’t going to suffer a career-ending injury playing basketball.
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    Unless he lands wrong and breaks his ankle…

  9. Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury while on the football field and no one even touched him. So have dozens of other players. There seem to be way more freak injuries on the football field than what occur on a basketball court.

  10. This is stupid. You can’t roll him in bubble wrap the whole offseason. He could get injured lifting weights or in any number of other activities. He isn’t going to suffer a career-ending injury playing basketball.
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    Mahomes is the face of the franchise and arguably the single most important member of football operations.

    Basketball may not have the high-speed collisions of football, but injuries do happen…..and sometimes they’re serious. Knees get twisted, ankles get rolled up or stepped on, a finger or elbow to the eye.

    If you’re the Chiefs’ GM, your job and the success of the entire franchise are dependent on this guy’s health and physical well-being. You can’t control everything….but you have to control what you can control.

    Are you willing to put everything at risk based on the assumption that Mahomes “probably” won’t get hurt?

  11. @mackcarrington says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury while on the football field and no one even touched him. So have dozens of other players. There seem to be way more freak injuries on the football field than what occur on a basketball court.
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    You’re right except in your example Bridgewater was at work and it was covered by his contract. Getting injured playing hoops at LA Fitness might cause contractual problems. Why deal with that.

  12. I remember a time when football players would play basketball in the off-season to stay in shape, increase their agility, and sometimes play games for charity. But I believe there have been times when the player suffered a pretty bad injury, like a torn achilles, so I can see why a GM would be scared to let them play. I’m just wondering what would happen if the player wanted to determine his own off-season program.

  13. @Dillon Pauls says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm
    Seems like nobody here realizes that there’s been many incidents with NFL players regarding playing basketball…
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    My son regularly played at LA Fitness with a starting NFL WR.

  14. Sure they will go do what they want. If you know professional athletes (and I know a few)…the football players feel invincible and surprisingly many don’t wear seatbelts. NBA players have a different mindset.

  15. pj1983a says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    If it’s important to him, he needs to make sure there’s a clause in he contract allowing it. And he needs to realize that such a clause won’t come cheap.

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    No the team has to put it in the contract that he can’t play and it won’t come cheap. I don’t understand the idea that the team gets all the say and the player has to ask.

  16. There is a risk in any exercise. You can pull a tendon lifting weights. Should these players not lift weights either? Gym basketball is one of the best ways to keep up your cardio and meet people. Loved playing at the gyms in the cities I lived in. Fans and teams don’t own these players. Let them have fun without watching over their every move.

  17. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    He isn’t going to suffer a career-ending injury playing basketball.

    ACL, MCL, Leg break… these things happen in basketball. The broken legs look horrible when they happen in basketball.

  18. Smart move for the Chiefs. I still remember the Bears picking Trubisky over Mahomes and the Jaguars passing on him in the draft.

  19. mackcarrington says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury while on the football field and no one even touched him. So have dozens of other players. There seem to be way more freak injuries on the football field than what occur on a basketball court.

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    Paul George, Gordon Hayward, & Kevin Ware would all like a word with you.

  20. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm
    Smart move for the Chiefs. I still remember the Bears picking Trubisky over Mahomes and the Jaguars passing on him in the draft.

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    Your Jets also passed on him…. how do you feel about that?

  21. Terrell Suggs tore his ACL playing pick up basketball and was out most of the season, they have their reasons

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    This is stupid. You can’t roll him in bubble wrap the whole offseason. He could get injured lifting weights or in any number of other activities. He isn’t going to suffer a career-ending injury playing basketball.

  22. If its an outlet for him. Let him do it. This is just strangling the player its ridiculous. I coach volleyball at a school known for basketball. And the players like basketball allot! And if its an outlet for them, I don’t see a problem with it. You strangle hold the player they get resistant. Guess its not ‘PROS’ but I tend to side with the we want you to be happy where your at… kinda coach.

  23. kenmasters34 says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    He isn’t going to suffer a career-ending injury playing basketball.

    ACL, MCL, Leg break… these things happen in basketball. The broken legs look horrible when they happen in basketball.
    ____________

    Yeah, those things can happen but you’re more likely to get injured driving your car every day than you are playing pick-up basketball once a week. It ain’t likely either way. If you don’t want him to play basketball, fine. But put it in his contract.

  24. The difference between Patrick and average players will be seen when he his rookie contract expires and he puts his signature on that new one.
    This also goes for motorcycle riding and skydiving.

  25. He shouldn’t play but I give him a lot of credit for being willing to play a pickup game at the local gym with a bunch of ordinary guys. Sounds like he’s not full of himself.

  26. Pat Mahomes is my new Home Boy. Romeo Romo was for many years, but is now chilling from a broadcast booth.

  27. It’s just as easy or maybe easier to hurt yourself doing squats or deadlifts.

    I think this is dumb. Let athletes be athletes. You might be taking away something that helps Mahomes be so dynamic.

  28. mullman76 says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:29 pm
    “He isn’t going to suffer a career ending injury playing basketball.”

    Not the smartest thing I’ve ever seen on these posts.

    No basketball, no baseball, no tennis, no bowling, no badminton, no darts, no curling and no skates of any kind.

    If he gets hurt lifting weights or on the field in preparation for the season, so be it.

    Getting hurt off the field, on your own time, is inexcusable.

    Be smart, stay healthy, cash checks.

    Really big checks with lots of commas and zeroes.

    ————-

    Next you tell him not to run so much, then you say stay in the pocket and throw it away to avoid hits… all to protect your investment.

    Then he’s not the same guy.

    Everything a player does is what makes him, including offseason training regimen. Brady even plays basketball in the offseason.

  29. sigbouncer says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    Steve Smith broke his arm playing flag football in the off season back when he played for the Panthers.

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    Sure… and Gronk hurt himself lifting weights. What’s the difference. Both can be training.

  30. feckyerlife says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    Terrell Suggs tore his ACL playing pick up basketball and was out most of the season, they have their reasons

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    This is stupid. You can’t roll him in bubble wrap the whole offseason. He could get injured lifting weights or in any number of other activities. He isn’t going to suffer a career-ending injury playing basketball.

    —————–

    We have 3 examples and there are 1696 active players in the league on an annual basis.

  31. I get it. They don’t want to call it “Chiefs Nation” because it would be another layer of non-PC with Indians and their Tribal Nations but “Chiefs Kingdom” sounds like a mismatched name for an amusement park.

  32. I could see if he was involved in a dangerous activity, like hang gliding, base jumping….. But playing basketball? Are they kidding? Since most accidents happen in the home are they going to rubberize. his to keep him safe? How about driving a car? Accidents happen.

  33. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm
    Smart move for the Chiefs. I still remember the Bears picking Trubisky over Mahomes and the Jaguars passing on him in the draft.

    ———-

    Your Jets also passed on him…. how do you feel about that?

    —–

    As a Patriots fan I feel like we traded a wrong QB last year. Now the future looks uncertain especially when Belichick retires.

  34. These are the sacrifices you have to make when you’re preparing to become the highest paid player in the history of professional sports.

  35. I get why the Chiefs want this done, but you can get hurt doing anything. Don’t believe me? Ask Red Sox fans about the carpal tunnel David Price got playing Fortnite…

    The only way to ensure these guys are kept healthy is to lock them in a cryogenic freezer until training camp starts – as a 22 year old, who wouldn’t want that?!?!

  36. Ken Griffey Jr. played in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament with my brother at Bally’s gym when he was still in his prime for the Mariners. I say let him play. I still have the poster my brother got from him with an autograph made out to me. I know pat is the best young quarterback in the league so maybe he just needs a chaperone so a jealous person doesn’t try to fight him.

  37. Last year’s nba players combined games lost to injury was around 3500 games totaling near $350,000,000 (source spotrac)

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