When Jason Kelce speaks, people pay attention.
During Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips drew criticism for his actions both on and off the field.
A video circulated on social media showing questionable plays where Phillips seemed to throw cheap shots at Eagles players, including one incident where he jumped offsides and flattened offensive lineman Cam Jurgens.
Kelce expressed his displeasure with the play, calling it a “disgrace” and suggesting that Phillips intentionally tried to injure Jurgens. Kelce argued that the NFL should not allow such actions and called for a fine for Phillips.
“I thought it was bulls— at the time, I really did. I said so to the official on the field,” Kelce said. “I said, listen, I’ve been running that play a lot of years. I’ve seen people jump offsides. He made zero effort to stop after he jumped offsides. He purposely tried to hurt Cam Jurgens. I thought it should have been a personal foul. I think he should be fined for that play.
“Now, I’m not gonna comment on the rest of the game. There were things happening with the fans. I don’t know what happened that got him that fired up. But I thought that play in particular was absolutely a disgrace that the NFL should not allow.”
Kelce then took to Twitter to explain his thoughts:
“I have zero issue with players jumping offsides and making contact with offensive lineman on that play. That isn’t what happened. He showed no effort to stop once it was clear a play wasn’t being run, ran his feet and took a free shot at a defenseless teammate of mine,” Kelce wrote.
Despite potential provocations from fans, Kelce emphasized the importance of players restraining themselves in such situations. The NFL is likely reviewing the play and other incidents from the game.
Fans can be ruthless towards players, but it’s crucial for athletes to exercise restraint, and that’s one of the reasons they earn substantial salaries.