The Kansas City Chiefs came back from a double-digit halftime deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LVII. But some social media users say the Chiefs’ win could be declared illegal.
“#BREAKING: Chiefs’ Super Bowl legitimacy has been suspended as NFL plans to launch investigation into Patrick Mahomes’ possible use of PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) during halftime,” he said a tweet dated February 12. “Sources confirm his rapid postgame drug test came back POSITIVE and if guilty, the Chiefs could be stripped of the win.”
This tweet was shared by an account claiming to be a “respected sportscaster,” but appears to be satirical. The Twitter account profile picture was taken from a blog post about headshots. Although the Boston Globe logo looms behind the profile picture, no one named Simon Charles is listed on the paper’s staff roster.
His claim seems as far-fetched as his profile. There is no evidence that the National Football League is investigating players, including Chiefs quarterback Mahomes, for suspected use of a performance-enhancing drug, which is prohibited.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the claim was “absolutely false”. Under the performance-enhancing substances policy of the NFL and the NFL Players Association, five players on each team are randomly selected to be drug tested. Mahomes was not one of the Chiefs players chosen to be tested.
Additionally, there have been no credible media reports of Mahomes being investigated for possible drug use.
At halftime, Mahomes was tackled by an Eagles linebacker, aggravating a high ankle sprain the quarterback suffered during the playoffs and was still recovering from.
Sports Illustrated reported that during halftime, Mahomes refused treatment for his ankle, telling team staff he was fine. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Mahomes was able to “work through the pain” and lead the team to victory.
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