Travis Kelce has attracted new attention thanks to his romance with Taylor Swift (Picture: GC Images)
However, the newfound attention on Travis, who was previously mostly known to sports fans only, has meant that Swifties have busied themselves with trawling through his old tweets, some of which have offended.
In one tweet dated May 2010 and still available on his account, Travis wrote: ‘Haha I just caught myself judging every person that walked past me, whether they were ugly, fat, funny looking, sexy haha I’m trippin.’
Another post mentioned parents talking to their children ‘like they were retarded since they were babies’ although it’s not clear who he was referring to.
One tweet posted in March 2010 said: ‘Haha when fat people fall, its like slow motion entertainment, cuz they never JUST fall, they always tumble n gradually hit the deck #comedy.’
One tweet dating back to March 2010 mocked ‘fat people’ falling over (Picture: @tkelce, Twitter)
Several of the tweets referred to ‘ugly’ people (Picture: @tkelce, Twitter)
In one tweet still available to view on Travis’ Twitter account, the NFL star referred to people being ‘retarded’ (Picture: @tkelce, Twitter)
A post from January 2010 also read: ‘Damn the clippers girls gotta be the s****y girls that dont make the lakers girls team, cuz they all was ugly.’
Other derogatory tweets from Travis’ account are also circulating online but appear to have been deleted.
The comments have sparked a big reaction on Reddit and X aka Twitter, where the tweets first emerged, with some accusing the Kansas City Chiefs player of misogyny and being fat-phobic, while others have drawn attention to the fact the tweets were posted more than a decade ago when Travis was around 21 years old.
Giving the sports star some grace, one supporter said: ‘Boy howdy, I am shocked that a 20-21 year-old athlete from Ohio wasn’t the most enlightened young man online in 2010.’
However, one Reddit user argued: ‘I feel like this is being too generous, you don’t need to be “the most enlightened young man online in 2010” to not be rude or make fun of how people look. I was alive in 2010 and don’t remember it being okay then either. Obviously nothing will happen to him or their relationship because of this, but it gives me the ick, as the kids say, lol.’
Travis, 34, has not addressed the controversial tweets (Picture: Getty Images)
Travis and Taylor’s romance is still going strong (Picture: GC Images)
Agreeing with their sentiment, another commentator weighed in: ‘I wasn’t even thinking things like this at the same age in the 90’s. It’s not about being “enlightened” it’s about not being an a*****e.’
Defending Travis, an X user said: ‘Yall can repost and look at travis’ old tweets all you want.. but that doesn’t make it his truth now. Do some research on travis kelce 10 years ago to now. If we’re gonna bring up his old tweets let’s celebrate the f*****g character development this man has had.’
Another Travis fan reacted: ‘Yo why the f**k are we digging up literally almost 15 year old tweets from travis kelce??? pls grow up something someone said on twitter FIFTEEN years ago is not an accurate reflection of the person they are today.’
Sharing their thoughts, one wrote on Reddit: ‘I know these are harmful, and misogynistic, etc. but whenever stuff like this comes out, I’m also always so blown away how UNFUNNY these loser guys are. Hashtagging one of these comedy is so bold…He sounds 12 years old. Always so shocked by a cis white man’s audacity to think anyone gave a fuck about his opinion on the “clippers girls”.’
While some are focusing on Travis’ offensive tweets, other Kaylor fans are in hysterics over some of his funnier and more wholesome posts, such as: ‘I just gave a squirle a peice of bread and it straight smashed all of it!!!! I had no idea they ate bread like that!! Haha #crazy [sic].’
Travis’s romance with Taylor has blossomed in recent weeks as the American football star was seen hanging out with her dad at one of her Eras Tour shows. Travis, who has flown to Argentina to support her on the Latin American leg of the tour, was also pictured in the throes of a passionate – and very public – kiss with the Shake It Off hitmaker.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Travis’ reps for comment.
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Several tweets from 2010 have been dug up online.