The internet had its say about Jason Kelce, but his wife wasn’t about to let the criticism stand.
After the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles jointly shared a Reel on Instagram featuring the center playing with two of his daughters during training camp, the comments section quickly filled with criticism regarding how Kelce was engaging with his children, Wyatt, 3, and Elliotte, 2.
The video, accompanied by the caption ” @jason.kelce always stays late after practice to play with his daughters ?,” shows the professional football player lying on the field and tossing balls for his daughters to chase after. He throws one ball for Wyatt, who retrieves it and brings it back to him, and then he repeats the process with Elliotte.
As the commentators’ voices narrate the video, you can hear Kelce counting as each little girl runs back and forth with the football – a clear indication that the toddlers were engaged in a playful race. It’s a typical and age-appropriate interaction for young children.
However, in the comments section, some people were quick to criticize Kelce for what they perceived as “playing fetch” with his daughters. One critic questioned, “What about this makes him a great dad?” while another commented, “Dude is laying down throwing a ball and telling his daughters fetch ?.” Similar critical comments continued to pile up.
Kylie Kelce, annoyed by the negative narrative surrounding her husband, took to her Instagram Story to set the record straight. She reposted the Reel and wrote, “People in these comments saying ‘He’s playing fetch with his kids like they are dogs!'” Accompanied by a “silly goose” GIF, she added, “Just say you don’t have toddlers. If you listen, you can hear him counting. So technically, they are racing.”
Fans of the Eagles player also defended him in the video’s comments, with one person stating, “He is NOT playing ‘fetch’ w/ his daughters. He’s doing what his kids see him doing at practice. Throwing a football around, grabbing it, picking it up and running w/ it. Giving his children UNDIVIDED ATTENTION from their FATHER.” They emphasized, “It’s a GREAT thing that Daddy turns what Daddy does into an age-appropriate activity to share himself with them.”
Once again, it’s a reminder of how the internet can sometimes create bizarre false narratives within the limited context of social media. Welcome to modern society.
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