KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce isn't backing down from his critical postgame comments about the officiating -- and particularly referee Carl Cheffers -- after last week’s playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I stand by my statement," Kelce said in a guest appearance on the set of ESPN’s NFL Countdown before Sunday’s conference championship games. “If the NFL wants my money, they can have it."
Then, in a moment Kelce was no doubt waiting for since being booked for the show, he pulled out his checkbook.
“I’m going to write it out," said Kelce, who was fined by the NFL for his comments. “Twenty-five K, I believe it was."
Fisher was actually fined $12,500 for his comments and an additional $9,115 for shoving a Pittsburgh player to the ground during the game.
After the game, Kelce was upset about a holding penalty against Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher late in the fourth quarter that wiped out a successful two-point conversion that would have tied the score. The Chiefs failed to convert on another try after the penalty and wound up losing 18-16.
“I’m going to stand by my guy Eric Fisher," Kelce said. "The Steelers got by with it. But they do find a way to win."
Asked by host Chris Berman whether he was over the defeat a week later, Kelce said, “There’s no way. It’s going to hurt all the way until we get back into the playoffs next year and get things rolling. At this point, you’ve got to try and let it go for what it is, especially the way it ended."