Fact Check: Social Media Post Is NOT Authentic Record of Travis Kelce Statement About Biden

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Social Media Post Is NOT Authentic Record of Travis Kelce Statement About Biden Fact Check: Social Media Post Is NOT Authentic Record of Travis Kelce Statement About Biden Not His Words

Did the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce say, "I think Joe Biden is doing a good job so far"? No, that's not true: There are no reliable sources or records of the tight end making such a statement about the president of the United States. While the two men did spend time together in 2023 at a White House event celebrating one of the team's Super Bowl championships, Kelce hasn't spoken publicly about his political views regarding Biden.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) by Nick Adams on February 12, 2024, with on-screen text stating, "I think Joe Biden is doing a good job so far. He's trying to bring people together," attributed to Travis Kelce. The post's caption said:

I have no intention of congratulating the Biden-loving fool, Travis Kelce, on his Super Bowl win last night.

This is what the post looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:


(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Wed Feb 14 18:32:02 2024 UTC)

The photo

The picture of Biden and Kelce together is from an event celebrating the team's Super Bowl LVII championship on June 5, 2023, on the South Lawn of the White House. Many news organizations documented the occasion, including The Associated Press, CNN, Fox News and Kansas City TV station KMBC (archived here).

A photograph similar to the one included in the social media post with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Kelce presenting Biden with a personalized Chiefs jersey was snapped by a White House photographer and is included below:


(Source: Flickr screenshot taken on Wed Feb 14 17:49:52 2024 UTC)

Kelce spoke very little at the June 2023 event and said nothing to endorse the president.

Google search

A Google News search (archived here), using the words "'I think Joe Biden is doing a good job so far' AND 'Travis Kelce,'" produced "no results." A regular Google search (archived here) also found no stories backing the claim in the post on Instagram.

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Additional Lead Stories fact checks of claims related to Kelce can be found here.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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