Kadarius Toney’s video sparked new debate over whether Chiefs receivers checked the referee before the penalty.
A new video surfaced on social media on Monday, adding a new wrinkle to the debate over whether Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney checked with an official before calling the game at a crucial time in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
X Operator Michael Howard posted a video on his account showing Toney lining up before Patrick Mahomes threw the ball to Travis Kelce
who ran it down the sideline to the receiver for a touchdown. Toney walks to the line of scrimmage and points at the linebacker for a second before snapping the ball.
The ground umpire didn’t appear to be saying anything to Toney as the catcher appeared to be lined up over the ball before being caught. and Mahomes.
The touch was removed from the board. The Chiefs turned the ball over and lost the game 20-17. Kadarius Toney of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a touchdown on the play was called back due to a penalty during the second half against the Buffalo Bills on December 10, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The penalty sparked a rational debate about whether officials should warn coaches and players when they line up in bad situations. Former Chiefs All-Pro center Mitchell Schwartz made it clear that Toney’s actions were not intentional.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney runs into the end zone after getting caught by teammate Travis Kelce during the second half against the Buffalo Bills, December 2017. September 10, 2023, Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)