Tyrann Mathieu on Le’Veon Bell: Fellas Will Blame Everybody for Their Lack of Success
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Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu isn’t here for Le’Veon Bell’s criticism of his head coach.
Bell wrote in an Instagram comment that he would “never play for Andy Reid again,” and with the news of the post making the rounds on Twitter, Mathieu chimed in when former NFL player Charles James II questioned the sentiment.
Mathieu, who has earned first-team All-Pro nods in each of his two seasons with the Chiefs, clearly has had a different experience in Kansas City than Bell did.
Bell took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize for his comment, but he said he has no regrets about the sentiment and cited a “personal problem” with Reid:
Le’Veon Bell @LeVeonBell
I said what I said & I don’t regret at all what I said…for those who have a PERSONAL PROBLEM with me because of what I SAID, that’s fine…you have your right! just understand I ALSO have MY RIGHT for how I feel about MY PERSONAL problem with dude because of what HE SAID to me
He added that he “loved” his experience in Kansas City and “enjoyed [his] teammates, the city, food, the fans, just about everything.” He did not reveal specifics about his issue with the head coach, who had many players sing his praises in the runup to the team’s Super Bowl LIV victory.
In the past, Bell has taken to Twitter to express his feelings about his other teams:
In October, Reid told reporters he planned to use Bell as an option in the backfield along with Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Bell played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2020 (rushing for 254 yards and two touchdowns) after starting the year with the New York Jets, where he appeared in just two contests.
He remains unsigned heading into the 2021 campaign, which would be his eighth in the NFL, though he didn’t seem too concerned about the situation last month:
A star with the Pittsburgh Steelers through the first five years of his career—earning a pair of All-Pro nods and three Pro Bowl selections—Bell hasn’t regained his early form after missing 2018 amid a contract dispute.
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