Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is coming off something of a down year by his standards. Despite nearly reaching the Super Bowl, the 26-year-old struggled a bit in the first half of the season before ultimately rallying in the second half.
Although Mahomes ended up recording only one less touchdown, the exact same completition percentage and (surprisingly enough) more total passing yardage, his 13 interceptions on the season were more than he had in the prior two years combined.
More than anything, Mahomes just looked off for large swaths of his 2021-22 NFL campaign. And some believe that one of the reasons why he didn’t feel fully there mentally was because of off-the-field distractions.
One notable off-the-field distraction? His little brother, Jackson.
Jackson is a TikTok personality and general social media rabblerouser who has made a lot of headlines over the past year. The one thing those headlines tended to have in common was the fact that they were negative.
At one point, during the peak of the Jackson Mahomes bad publicity tour, he and Patrick exchanged a particularly icy embrace that immediately went viral.
This week, Patrick and Jackson’s relationship came under scrutiny once more when the former embarked on his bachelor party and seemed to exclude the latter.
The photos speak for themselves:
— New York Post (@nypost) February 25, 2022
As do Jackson’s subsequent posts:
Jackson has been taking a lot of L’s as of late. Between the video of him trying to forcefully kiss some woman and an odd clip of him doing something bizarre at a concert, it has been one thing after another.
How much Tristan owes every month in child support. Yikes. https://t.co/jupCZaYZbT
— Game 7 (@game7__) February 25, 2022
Big picture, you can’t choose your siblings – and clearly Patrick is stuck with Jackson. But at a certain point, you have to start reading the room and realizing when the people around you are dragging you down.
Is Jackson seemingly being excluded from his big brother’s bachelor party the first sign that that’s starting to happen? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.