Patrick Mahomes is a Super Bowl champion quarterback. Yesterday his team came from behind to win the NFL's championship game.
But this morning, Patrick is trending for another reason. Last month, some old tweets from Patrick were dug up. And the tweets showed that the NFL quarterback - who many consider to be Black - had some very controversial opinions about the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.
At the time, Patrick believed that George Zimmerman - who most African Americans regard as a racist psychopath - was rightfully found "Not Guilty" by jurors.
The jury in the Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin murder trial ignored mountains of evidence against George - including his past racist behavior, his previous assaults of police officers, his previous cases of domestic violence, cases where he threatened to murder someone and then lied to police, saying it was self-defense, that he was told by the 911 operator not follow Trayvon Martin, a minor child, and did anyway, that he was a grown man and armed and that Trayvon Martin was a minor child and unarmed - and the jury acquitted Zimmerman, to the outrage and disgust of many African Americans.
But Patrick supported the jury's verdict.
Here's what he wrote:
Patrick has never addressed these tweets, or explained what his position towards racist violence against Black people is.
We do know that Pat still supports the police. Last year, as part of National Police Week, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, along with Kansas City backup QBs Chad Henne and Chase Litton, visited the Kansas City Regional Police Academy on Tuesday, Mahomes saying that it is good to support police “because they support us in every single way.”