Patrick Mahomes stirred up headlines after a subtle diss on AFC West rival Justin Herbert. But he offered a clarification shortly after the comment, offering praise for Herbert ahead of next season.
At a celebrity golf tournament earlier this week, Mahomes was told to “Watch out for Justin Herbert next year.”
“I’ll see it when I believe it,” Mahomes said, a grin spreading across his face as he strode across the Lake Tahoe course. So it was no surprise that Twitter erupted and the comment went viral.
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However, Mahomes offered a clarification.
Patrick Mahomes says his comment got taken out of context.
“Yeah, I think it got taken out of context,” Mahomes told USA TODAY Sports by phone Tuesday, speaking in conjunction with Bose. “I was talking some trash to all those Raiders and Broncos and Chargers fans out there.”
“I have a ton of respect for him,” Mahomes said of Herbert, “as a guy and a player.”
It took only a Week 2 matchup for Justin Herbert to announce his entry into the NFL. Herbert was told he would be starting only minutes before a game against the reigning Superbowl champs, Mahomes’ Chiefs. But he went on to throw for over 300 yards, a passing and rushing touchdown, and lead for 3 quarters of the game before losing in OT.
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— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 13, 2021
Justin Herbert had a historic season before being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. He completed 66.6% of his passes, throwing for 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, setting the record for passing touchdowns by a rookie.
So Herbert has justified himself as a real threat in the NFL. And, it should be interesting to see the battle between Mahomes and Herbert for years to come