With the anticipation of today’s Super Bowl clash between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs brewing, you’d expect some major trash talk between the two fan bases. Both fan bases happen to have some celebrity fans who are very vocal about their allegiance to the team and their is usually a hometown connection of some sort.
Philly has comedian and actor Kevin Hart, South Carolina State women’s head basketball coach Dawn Staley and actor, rapper mogul Will Smith. Wearing that K.C. red you have the likes of comedians Eddie Griffin and Rob Riggle, plus actor Brad Pitt.
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But there’s one Chiefs fan who may surprise all of us. That fan is none other than former NBA legend Rasheed Wallace, a native of Philadelphia. Wallace, who grew up in the city, say’s he’s been a Chiefs fan since his youth.
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wallace explained how this came about.
“When I got interested in football, nobody was cheering for Kansas City,” Wallace said. “Kansas City was trash. I said, ‘That’s my team.’ Then what happens? We get Joe Montana and Marcus Allen …”
That’s hard to hear for Philly natives. One of their most recognizable athletes isn’t a fan of the city’s sports teams. Making this betrayal harder to digest, the former Simon Gratz High School legend is also a member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
Rasheed Wallace giving zero fuks rocking Kansas City Chiefs gear at the 76ers game 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/Gz4LpuX0cr
— Above The Rim Podcast (@jusblaze_513) February 11, 2023
Wallace Showed His Fandom Following Chiefs’ Super Bowl Win Two Years Ago
When the Chiefs won Super Bowl 54 over the Niners, Wallace, who was coaching high school basketball in North Carolina at the time wore Chiefs gear for two straight days. He wanted to let folks know he was no bandwagon fan, and he ain’t one now. Earlier this week Wallace strongly reaffirmed his love for the Chiefs in a tweet.
“1000% CHIEFS on this one!!”
Wallace says his Instagram has blown up with folks who can’t believe he’s a Chiefs fan, but the former NBA champion and All-Star is sticking with K.C. no matter what. He even explained his rationale on IG.
After a fan asked him, “How you from Philly and a Chiefs fan? Another technical foul on you.
Wallace responded the only way he knows how.
“So this is what it boils down to Mean Gene: We’ve got these pretenders over here called Philadelphia Pigeons, and we’ve got these bona-fide champions over here called the Kansas City CHIEEEEEFs.”
Sheed ain’t flinching win it comes to his love for K.C.
Rasheed Wallace has a message for all Eagles fans before the Superbowl takes place against the Chiefs pic.twitter.com/ZPCc8KQeGk
— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2Blog) January 30, 2023
Dawn Staley Rips Rasheed Wallace
No one wears the city’s colors like the legendary Dawn Staley, who has been seen wearing different Eagles outfits on the sidelines over the past couple of weeks. As her Lady Gamecocks prepare to face the Lady Tigers of LSU in a matchup of the last two unbeatens in all of college basketball, men’s or women’s, the two-time national championship-winning coach had this to say.
“Sheed’s not welcome in Philly until after March,” Staley texted. “Put that in writing.”
Sheed enjoys the back-and-forth banter and parting shots and even said by next season he’ll be back with his other Philly professional sports teams.
Rasheed Wallace was born & raised in Philly and is a Chiefs fan. I love it so much🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/Savs2qpXnq
— Braiden Turner (@bturner23) February 11, 2023
“It’s all in fun as fans. So by Valentine’s Day I’ll be cheering for my Broad St. Bullies and the Sixers.”