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49ers’ Richard Sherman on why Patrick Mahomes will continue playing basketball

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is much more than just the NFL MVP, as he showed on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 while playing pickup basketball at Lifetime Fitness in Overland Park.
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is much more than just the NFL MVP, as he showed on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 while playing pickup basketball at Lifetime Fitness in Overland Park.

The NFL’s offseason started this week and for Chiefs fans that meant talk of quarterback Patrick Mahomes ... and his basketball games.

Not sure anyone expected that to be the case, but a video of Mahomes playing pickup basketball at Life Time Fitness in Overland Park went viral this week. Days later, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said he wants Mahomes to curtail his time of the court.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman scoffed at that idea.

Sherman, who is the 49ers’ player representative with the players union, tweeted that Mahomes likely wouldn’t quit playing a game he loves and the Chiefs couldn’t dictate his actions off the court.

That first tweet led to a lively interaction with fans, including quite a few who worried about Mahomes being injured. Sherman said playing basketball didn’t increase the risk.

In fact, Sherman said, football increased Mahomes’ chance of being injured much than basketball.

Sherman said Mahomes clearly enjoys basketball, so it will be hard to keep him from doing it.

Most NFL players play basketball, Sherman added.

Sherman then repeated his belief that Mahomes won’t stop playing basketball.

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From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.

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