Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce fans go wild after spotting ‘hickey’ on NFL star’s neck… but Pat McAfee defends pair and says they’re ‘just having fun’



Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce fans believe they spotted a ‘hickey’ on the Chiefs star’s neck during a recent game.  The couple’s relationship has dominated the headlines in recent months with the popstar becoming a regular at his Chiefs games.  Kelce returned the favor by travelling to Buenos Aires to see Swift perform one of her hit Eras Tour shows during his bye week.

And eagle-eyed fans believe they noticed a hickey on Kelce’s neck during the Chiefs’ game against the Patriots earlier this month with a red mark on his neck clearly visible in pictures and footage.  Swift was in attendance at Gillette Stadium for that game, sitting alongside her father Scott and new friend Brittany Mahomes.  ‘Taylor left a hickey on Travis???? Queennnnnn’, wrote one fan on X, formerly Twitter.  Another posted: ‘Wait Taylor give Travis a hickey ?!?’

Sports TV host Pat McAfee made light of it on his show on Wednesday morning, saying: ‘It did look like he had a hickey right there on his neck.  ‘That made me think him and Taylor as just having fun. Sucking necks.’  McAfee and his colleagues then hilariously misheard one of them say ‘getting his pulse sucked on, if you will’.

The couple are currently celebrating the holiday season together. Swift was at Arrowhead Stadium on Christmas Day to watch Kelce and the Chiefs lose against the Raiders.  It’s also believed she’ll be in the stands on New Years’ Eve to watch him in action against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Kelce – and the Chiefs – struggled again on Christmas Day against the Raiders and exploded into a fit of rage at one point.

The tight end launched his helmet into the ground before it bounced up and flew into the stands. He also had stern words with coach Andy Reid, who bumped into Kelce to try and calm him down.


Speaking about the incident on the latest episode of New Heights alongside brother Jason, Kelce conceded that his antics were not helpful to the team.  ‘He (coach Reid) is looking out for me and I love him for it,’ Kelce said.  ‘I didn’t go back out there and play good. He wanted to see the fire in me and I reacted in a bad way.

‘He wanted the best out of me and right now I’m just not playing my best football.  ‘I’ve got to f***ing lock the f*** in and be more accountable for him and more accountable for my teammates.  ‘I’ve got to keep my f***ing cool man because as a leader on this team that’s not how you switch momentum.’

At halftime, the Chiefs were booed off the field – and it was a far-from-Happy Christmas for the fervent home support at Arrowhead.  They squandered an opportunity to clinch the AFC West for the eighth consecutive year with one of their worst performances of the Patrick Mahomes era.


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