When Stephon Gilmore announced he contracted the coronavirus, Chiefs fans suddenly felt their heart drop. Following the game on Monday night between the Chiefs and the Patriots, Mahomes and Gilmore embraced one another.
Gilmore confirmed the news of his positive test on Twitter and said he’s “asymptomatic and will take this at it comes.” Gilmore also stated that he “doesn’t know what to expect” but his “spirit is high because of God. “I’ve followed every protocol, yet it happened to me. Please be sure to take this seriously.”
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On Wednesday, Mahomes was asked about the hug and said it was a “mental lapse” on his part.
That's Stephon Gilmore with Mahomes. pic.twitter.com/wY2GECSHgX
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It was reported Chiefs backup QB Jordan Ta’amu tested positive for the coronavirus which led to Mahomes sleeping is a separate bedroom from his pregnant fiancee Brittany Matthews. The 2018 NFL MVP did say that he stayed at least six feet away from Ta’amu in meetings.
“I’ve just tried to do my part to kind of keep myself away from her and social distance whenever stuff like this arises,” he said as reported by ESPN. “It’s something I think about every day. You have to think about that with her being pregnant, kind of that high-risk category. I just try to do my best, especially after finding out Jordan was positive.” When it comes to hugging Gilmore, Mahomes said he was just “trying to show respect to a great football player who I hope is getting better very quickly.”
The NFL has banned exchanging jerseys, what’s next, banning hugs?
Now’s not the time for post game pleasantries. Play the game safely, and then go home and stay there. We need football to continue on.
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