Chiefs’ Rashee Rice tosses Raiders player’s mouthpiece during in-game incident

Chiefs’ Rashee Rice tosses Raiders player’s mouthpiece during in-game incident

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Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice came under scrutiny on Monday over his interaction with cornerback Jack Jones during their 20-14 loss.

The incident occurred with under 5 minutes to play in the first half. Jones was talking to some of the when he pushed Rice in the helmet. In the midst of it all, Jones lost his mouthpiece.

Rashee Rice runs

Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice runs with the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Dec. 25, 2023. (Jay Biggerstaff-USA Today Sports)

Rice found it on the field and subsequently launched it toward the sideline. The wide receiver was called “classless” on social media for the move.

It was a frustrating game for the Chiefs. Rice wasn’t the only player who saw his own emotions get the best of him. Patrick Mahomes was seen berating his offensive lineman on the bench while his helmet against a water-cooler stand.

Nate Hobbs defends Rashee Rice

Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs breaks up a pass intended for Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rice led the team with six catches for 57 yards. Mahomes targeted him 12 times. The quarterback’s late touchdown pass went to Justin Watson to cut the deficit to six points. Kansas City never got the ball back.

“All you can do is just move on, learn from your mistakes, get better and, I mean, I still believe that we can go do what we want to do. It’s just how can we correct it as quickly as possible,” Mahomes said.

Watson added: “I’ve been on a team that won the Super Bowl as a wild-card team. You just have to get in. I know people around here are accustomed to all the home playoff games and the first-round bye, but I don’t care if it’s easy. Nothing this whole second half of the season has been easy. Just give us a chance to play and let’s do our thing.”

Rashee Rice hit

Amik Robertson of the Las Vegas Raiders breaks up a pass to the Chiefs’ Rashee Rice at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 25, 2023, in Kansas City. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Chiefs fell to 9-6 but are still in the driver’s seat to win the AFC West.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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