Patrick Mahomes says postgame hug with Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore was ‘a mental lapse’

The NFL world will be paying close attention to the COVID-19 test results of the Kansas City Chiefs over the next few days, as the organization had one player test positive over the weekend and played the New England Patriots on Monday. 

The Pats-Chiefs game was postponed a day after Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for the coronavirus. On Wednesday, multiple reports indicated Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore — who played in Monday's game — had also tested positive. 

Chiefs quarterback and reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes was seen embracing Gilmore, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, after the game. Asked about the moment on Wednesday, Mahomes called the move "a mental lapse." 

That’s Stephon Gilmore with Mahomes. pic.twitter.com/wY2GECSHgX

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, left, talks with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP)

In July, the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to prohibit postgame interactions in which opponents came within six feet of one another.

Mahomes said he slept in a separate bedroom from his pregnant fiancée, Brittany Matthews, after Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu returned a positive COVID-19 test.

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