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Ravens’ Justin Tucker Says Pregame Fracas With Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce ‘All in Good Fun’

Prior to Sunday’s AFC championship bout between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, veteran kicker Justin Tucker could be seen having an eye-opening exchange with Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes during warmups.

Tucker was stretching and taking some kicks in the same area which Mahomes was going through his pregame routines. In response, the Chiefs’ quarterback and tight end tandem grabbed Tucker’s helmet and tossed it to the side, while also throwing aside his kicking tee.

Speaking on the incident on Monday, Tucker made clear that he didn’t think the situation was a big deal.

“I just thought it was all some gamesmanship, all in good fun," said Tucker, via ESPN. “But it seemed to be taken a little more seriously. I’m totally willing to let it all go.”

It’s not uncommon for a kicker to warm up on both ends of the field before the game. Mahomes and Kelce, however, took exception to Tucker getting prepared so close by.

Tucker said he has nothing but respect for Mahomes and Kelce, complimenting Kansas City’s stars as “two of the best players that have ever played the game at their respective positions.” 

Tucker certainly didn’t seem to think the pregame exchange had any significance.

“I really don't see it as a big deal,” he said. “I think if you just see the whole interaction and then you just see us at the coin toss–we’re all dapping each other up and then we just get on with the football game.”

The 34-year-old, who is one of the best kickers in NFL history, converted his lone field goal attempt during the Ravens’ loss on Sunday, bringing him to 18-for-22 in his playoff career.