Chiefs begin mandatory minicamp; Mathieu defends Andy Reid after Bell’s comments

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are starting Phase 3 of their offseason program with mandatory minicamp as they get in shape for training camp in July.

On July 27, the team will head to Missouri Western State University to prepare for the 2021-22 season. Due to COVID-19, the Chiefs were unable to go to St. Joseph and fans were not in attendance last season.

This year, fans will be welcome at what has become a familiar location for the team.

Minicamp is required by everyone on the team, or they can be fined up to $15,000 per day that is missed.

That excludes guard Kyle Long, who sustained a knee injury last week that will sideline him until at least week 1 of the season.

Long is one of the new pieces to the offensive line brought in by the Chiefs to strengthen that unit after a subpar performance in Super Bowl LV.

The offseason was relatively quiet for the Chiefs until this past weekend when former running back Le’Veon Bell made comments about head coach Andy Reid.

“I’ll never play for Andy Reid again…I’d retire first,” Bell responded to a fan in the comment section of an Instagram post.

Several players came to the defense of “Big Red” on social media prompting Bell to head to Twitter to clarify his comments.

In a series of tweets, Bell said that his problem with the beloved coach was with something he said to him.

Bell did say, however, that he enjoyed his time in Kansas City and that it was one of the closest locker rooms he had been a part of.

“I enjoyed my teammates, the city, food, the fans, just about everything in KC…” Bell wrote.

Bell apologized for expressing his feelings on social media, but said he does not regret what he said, because it is how he feels.

Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu also took to Twitter in response to his former teammate’s comments.

“These fellas will blame everybody for their lack of success. That’s how I know I’m built different,” Mathieu wrote in response to former NFL cornerback Charles James II asking what made Bell comment the way he did.

Bell simply responded, “lol ok.”

It may never come to light what was said to Bell and why he feels this way toward Reid, but it is safe to say the three-time Pro Bowler will not be wearing the red and gold this upcoming season.

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