*Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes – who is set to play the Tennessee Titans today for the AFC Championship and a berth in this year’s Super Bowl – has sparked backlash after a couple of his old tweets showing him supporting George Zimmerman, who gunned down unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, resurfaced online.
According to Ace Showbiz, in a 2013 tweet, Mahomes noted his support to Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict at the time. In replies to one person who said, “This case was an absolutely horrible tragedy, however, there was no criminal activity that occurred,” Mahomes wrote, “No one knows what actually happens which is why he is not guilty but a crime could have occurred.”
He added in a separate tweet, “Stop resisting or assaulting a cop.”
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Mahomes started catching heat after the tweets surfaced.
“Believes Zimmerman is innocent? White Fiancee? Can’t f**k with him after this.. Mahomes is so dead to me now…,” one said.
Another dubbed him a “clown if he believes George Zimmerman is not guilty !! I don’t give a f**k about his athletic abilities. Anyone that supports racism or ignorant bigotry is a b***h no matter what !! If not then congrats!”
“I hope the Titans Do a crime on your a** how the hell you got skittles and a tea and no gun and you deserve to get shot dead a** a kid and I thought this MF’r Patrick had sense shame on me Kick his a** Titans,” another wrote.
“You’re obviously privileged you wouldn’t understand at all smhhhh,” wrote another critic.
Last year, as part of National Police Week, Mahomes noted that it’s good to support police “because they support us in every single way.”
“The things that the police does [sic] for our community on a day-to-day basis and don’t get recognized for it, I mean, it’s good to come out and support them because they support us in every single way,” he added.