As the Baltimore Ravens prepared to host the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, there was a bit of a confusing scuffle that took place. As the two teams were warming up, Tucker's stuff was on the side of the field where the Chiefs were stretching and warming up.
Travis Kelce then decided to move Tucker's stuff because it was in Patrick Mahomes' way. He kicked Tucker's ball away and tossed his helmet to the side to make way for his quarterback.
Fans were wondering what really went down and Tucker answered questions about the awkward encounter on Monday morning. According to Jonas Shaffer on Baltimore Banner, the Ravens kicker said that he always warms up in the opponent's designated warm-up spot and that he's been doing this for his entire NFL career.
Tucker said that Mahomes approached him at one point and asked if he could move his stuff so that he could practice dropbacks. Tucker claimed that he moved his stuff to be out of the way enough but that clearly wasn't the case.
Tucker noted that he didn't harbor any ill-will toward the Chiefs for this moment but he noticed that they were a little more agitated about it than he was.
"“I just thought it was all just some gamesmanship, all in good fun,” Tucker said. “But they seemed to be it taking a little bit more seriously. And I’m totally willing to let it all go. ... It’s not like I’m trying to be problematic. I’m just trying to get ready for the football game, just like they are.”"- From Shaffer's article
Tucker finished by mentioning that Kelce and Mahomes were simply trying to get ready for the game just like everyone else. He recognized that it's a difficult environment but he wasn't bothered by the moment.
"“At the end of the day, we’re all professionals just trying to get ready for the football game,” he said. “Those are two of the best players that have ever played the game at their respective positions. They’re just trying to get ready for the football game. Obviously, it’s an intense environment. So it’s really whatever to me. I’m just trying to get ready for the football game.”"- From Shaffer's article