NFL fines Chiefs' Travis Kelce for 'Foot Locker' blast against referee


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All the money Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is giving up in fines sure could buy a lot of shoes.

The NFL docked Kelce $21,615, including $12,500 for a personal attack on an individual game official after last week’s playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a person with knowledge of the fine told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because those fines aren’t made public.


The target of Kelce’s criticism was referee Carl Cheffers, whom Kelce told reporters “shouldn’t even be able to work at (expletive) Foot Locker” after a holding penalty wiped out what would’ve been a tying two-point conversion by the Chiefs.

According to multiple reports, Cheffers will be the referee for Super Bowl LI next month in Houston.

The other $9,115 fine for Kelce was the result of his inexplicable decision to deck Steelers defensive back Ross…

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