Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu couldn’t hold back on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, taking a shot at an opponent he faced in February during Super Bowl LV.
It all started after Mathieu commented on a tweet likening his situation to Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, who received a four-year, $70 million contract extension Tuesday, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. A person with the Twitter handle @xxisaacgogelxx commented on the same tweet Mathieu did, mentioning how he felt the Chiefs safety played very poorly on the Buccaneers’ touchdown-scoring drive right before halftime of Super Bowl LV.
Mathieu and the Twitter troll were going back and forth when the conversation turned towards Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans, who the troll felt Mathieu held in the end zone right before halftime, which set up a first-and-goal situation for the Buccaneers due to a flag being thrown on Mathieu. Here’s some video of the aforementioned play for some context:
Mathieu’s next comment is what this is all about.
“Ball was on 10 yard line,” Mathieu tweeted. “[QB] threw ball out of back of end zone… tell me how that’s a flag? Also show me a Mike Evans TD where he didn’t push off lol or used his hands to create separation…”
Mathieu deleted the tweet a few hours later, but Heavy was able to obtain a screenshot of the tweet.
There’s plenty of reason to believe that the way that play transpired didn’t merit a holding penalty, especially because the ball sailed out of the backside of the end zone and was uncatchable, even for someone with as large of a frame as Evans. But that play aside, Mathieu wanted to share his true thoughts on Evans, even if he may have regretted it later on, which may have caused him to delete the tweet.