Mahomes just went under the knife and will spend the next few months rehabbing from a toe injury. The Chiefs have officially begun their offseason and, instead of spending this time celebrating with the Lombardi Trophy again, are focused on the 2021 season.
Mahomes has another problem to be concerned about during his recovery. A local schoolteacher and dedicated Chiefs fan is in hot water for wearing headwear designed to resemble Mahomes’ afro.
The problem? The teacher in question is white.
Kansas City Chiefs fans love Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes did enough in his first three years as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback to cement his NFL legacy.
Even if Mahomes never wins another Super Bowl, he is already among the most impactful quarterbacks of all time. Before Mahomes replaced Alex Smith after the 2017 season, there had never been a dynamic quarterback capable of consistent sidearm tosses and no-look passes like Mahomes.
The Chiefs’ dismal performance in Super Bowl 55 hurts fans right now, especially after Mahomes took numerous hard hits throughout the game. Mahomes didn’t have his starting offensive tackles, including former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, blocking for him.
One bad game won’t turn Chiefs fans on Mahomes, though. The Chiefs are still among the on-paper and very early favorites to reach — and possibly win — Super Bowl 56 next year.
Patrick Mahomes’ afro landed a local teacher in trouble
Patrick Mahomes is a superstar in Kansas City, something that he and the Chiefs have capitalized on from a branding standpoint.
Stores in the Kansas City area sell headbands with Mahomes’ signature afro as an attached wig piece. The headbands are also available online.
Ahead of Super Bowl 55, Shawnee Mission East High School (Prairie Village, Ks.) celebrated Jersey Day. According to The Kansas City Star, one teacher — who is white — wore the headband and afro with his Mahomes jersey.
The Star reported that “[s]everal students and their parents” reported the unnamed teacher to the principal. Heather Rubesch, a parent and vice chair of the Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners, explained why so many took issue with the teacher’s wardrobe.
“It was a very cartoonish Afro. It was blackface-looking. The wig was really bad.”
A district spokesperson told The Star that the incident had been handled as a personnel issue. According to The Star, there is no district policy “that prohibits Afro wigs.”
This isn’t the first headwear incident involving the Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are no strangers to controversies involving headgear.
Last August, the Chiefs banned headdresses and “face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures.” Earlier in 2020, the Washington Football Team changed its name and removed any references to Native Americans.
The Chiefs also said the team intended to review the Arrowhead Chop. As of February 2021, the Chiefs had not announced any forthcoming changes to the gesture.
The Chiefs took the field at Super Bowl 55 to the Arrowhead Chop and the musical cue that comes with it.
Neither Patrick Mahomes nor the Chiefs had issued a public statement on the teacher’s situation as of publication.