Kansas City Chiefs

Mecole Hardman fires back against Chiefs tampering allegations

The Super Bowl game-winning catch is still discussed weeks after the game’s completion, as wide receiver Mecole Hardman has continued the well-earned victory tour on television shows and podcasts.

The Kansas City Chiefs made the decision to re-acquire Hardman at the trade deadline from the New York Jets to bolster the receiver corps, which wasn’t initially mainly viewed around the league until recent comments and internet chatter shined a light on the midseason deal.

Hardman recently appeared on “The Pivot Podcast” to reflect on his Super Bowl season and the trade from New York back to Kansas City. He highlighted his unhappiness during some moments in New York dealing with an injury and not being on the same page with the team’s plans offensively after the injury to Aaron Rodgers.

The controversial comment that has sparked speculation of possible tampering from the Chiefs ahead of the trade deadline deal is what he told hosts Ryan Clark and Channing Crowder.

“I was so checked out, like, it was over with,” said Hardman. “I had already talked to (Brett) Veach and Pat (Mahomes), like, ‘Come get me.’”

The comment was transcribed immediately by ESPN’s Rich Cimini on X, allowing Hardman to repost and respond, seeking to clear up any confusion.

“Never had talks with KC before the trade, so we can CLEAR THAT UP!” posted Hardman. “The Jets handled my trade on their own and did the right thing by sending me back to KC!”

Hardman’s comments could be taken as entertainment value for the podcast, as it would be an issue if he had communication with the Chiefs, especially general manager Brett Veach, while still being under contract with the Jets.

The NFL’s tampering policy refers to any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL.”

Hardman only played 28 total snaps for the Jets in six games and was essentially benched in two games, not receiving a snap.

Chiefs Wire USA Today