Anti-LGBTQ+ Slurs Hurled at Brother of Kansas City QB During NFL Game

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday January 13, 2022

Video shared on Twitter captured homophobic abuse hurled from the stands at the younger brother of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes during a recent game, UK newspaper the Daily Mail reported.

Jackson Mahomes, 21, a TikTok celebrity, was on the sidelines with Patrick's fiancee, Brittany Matthews, whom he was photographing during a timeout, when the slurs started flying. The person responsible riffed on Jackson's name, screaming, "Ma-homo! Ma-homo!"

Video of the moment hit social media when a clip — seemingly taken by the person screaming the slurs — surfaced. The video zooms in on Jackson as the screamed slurs are uttered.

Jackson gave no hint he heard, and continued with what he was doing, the report detailed, though Matthews did respond, exclaiming, "How rude!"

"Afterwards, Jackson shared a clip of himself dancing on the sidelines of the game with his 990,000 TikTok followers, but the anti-gay slurs weren't audible, and he made no comment on them," the report added.

Neither Patrick Mahomes nor Matthews mentioned the outburst on social media either, the Mail noted.

Kansas City defeated the Denver Broncos in the Jan. 8 match, 28-24, marking the team's 13th consecutive win over the Broncs.

"It remains unclear if stadium security got involved and whether the fan was able to watch the rest of the game from the stands," the Mail said.

"The scene happened a few weeks after a local Kansas City bar slammed [Jackson] Mahomes in a Facebook post, claiming he acted entitled and rude to employees at the establishment," the New York Post said.

The Daily Mail filled in the details, relaying that SOT Social castigated Jackson in a post, alleging that he demanded his "very large group" be seated in the establishment's "very small" bar, and claiming that when he didn't get his way, Jackson tried to "crush a small business."

"We are sorry that we set boundaries that you tried to ignore. Often times people with un-earned status and a sense of entitlement think they are above the rules and will lash out at the employee enforcing them," the establishment posted, adding: "We survived a global pandemic, we'll survive your ego."

That post, the Mail reported, has since been taken down.

Jackson has addressed the issue of whether he is gay in a YouTube video in which he says his voice causes people to "automatically assume, as soon as I start talking, like, 'Are you gay?,' like, 'Why do you talk like this?'"

Jackson adds in the video, "I am not gay; I am attracted to girls. I think it's actually really a hurtful question," he adds, saying that he has friends who are gay and "it's just kind of really disrespectful, in my opinion."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.