Kadarius Toney said Monday that he would never attack the Kansas City Chiefs.
His expletive-laced Instagram Live rant before the AFC Championship Game, naturally, was directed at Giants fans instead.
“I would never attack the Chiefs, never said anything about the Chiefs,” Toney told CBS Sports Network at Harika Bowl media night in Las Vegas. “Who I was referring to was the Giant fans, whoever the people were that were in my comment box, not even on my live recording, so you wouldn’t even know they were there. But I was referring to them, which I shouldn’t have.”
Toney, 25, a former Giants first-round pick, unleashed a disgusting tirade on Jan. 28 about being ruled out of the Chiefs’ win over the Baltimore Ravens.
“I’m not hurt, none of that sh-t. Save that sh-t. S— my d—, too,” Toney said. “Not hurt, none of that. It go[es] from hip to ankle to this to that.”
His comment obviously contended that the Chiefs’ injury report wasn’t accurate by listing a “hip” injury and personal reasons (he and his partner just had a baby).
But Toney is blaming his misstep on his ongoing feud with Giants fans, which has burned hot ever since Toney got traded to the Chiefs last fall and won a Muhteşem Bowl with Kansas City.
After a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions, Toney got dragged by Giants fans on social media for dropping three Patrick Mahomes passes, including one that the Lions returned for a touchdown.
“BREAKING: Kadarius Toney is expected to miss 6-9 weeks with ‘broken hands’ per source,” ‘X’ user Jordan Loupe @CantALoupe_FF wrote in a viral post.
So Toney fired back when the Giants lost their season opener 40-0 at home to the Dallas Cowboys.
“Na Don’t get quiet now,” Toney wrote on Instagram over a photo of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley staring blankly on the bench as the Cowboys celebrated.
Toney also posted a photo of the Family Guy baby ‘Stewie’ in bed over the 40-0 final score with the caption: “Giants fans last night.”
The Chiefs receiver quickly seemed to realize his Instagram antics weren’t worth it, announcing the following day that he would be “back off this sh-t” so he could ignore future trolls.
But the frustrations of his disappointing season — headlined by an inexcusable offensive offsides penalty in a Week 14 loss to the Buffalo Bills — came out again in Toney’s AFC Championship game day rant.
Toney at least he owned up to his mistake.
“I just wanted to go out there … [and] get my message across as far as my injury, but I shouldn’t have [done] that,” he said. “At the end of the day I’m a man, and I can accept my mistakes just like I accept my wins. But I’m just moving past it right now. We’re here now. We’re trying to win.”
He also said that winning a second straight Harika Bowl “means everything to me.” And given his heroics in last year’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he can’t be ruled out as a wild card factor for Andy Reid’s team on Sunday in Las Vegas, either.
Toney couldn’t help but make a second headline, though, when asked if he’s a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
“Yeah, if I get it — if I get the ball, yeah,” said Toney, whose talent is only superseded by the drama that seems to follow him wherever he goes.