Duty calls as Massachusetts police
escort Chiefs' gear to game
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[December 09, 2019]
(Reuters) - Police in the
American state of Massachusetts must have felt split loyalties as
they provided an escort for football gear ahead of Sunday's National
Football League game between the New England Patriots and Kansas
While most on the force no doubt support the Patriots, who are
revered in the sports-mad region, duty called when much of the
Chiefs' gear was late arriving in Boston after a shipping mix-up.
The Chiefs even faced the prospect of having to forfeit the game
after an equipment container somehow ended up in Newark, New Jersey
in what a team spokesman called an "honest mistake".
"As much as we wouldn't mind a forfeit for #PatsNation, but we did
escort the delayed @Chiefs equipment from Logan to Foxboro. Game
time can go as scheduled. #GoPats," Massachusetts state police
announced on Twitter.
ESPN reported that the equipment container held shoulder pads and
helmets for about 35 Kansas City players.
It was a close shave, but video posted on Twitter showed a golf cart
transporting Chiefs gear in the bowels of the Gillette Stadium a
couple of hours before the game in Foxborough.
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A general view of a Kansas City Chiefs helmet during the first half
against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit:
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo
The match-up between the Tom Brady-led Patriots (10-2) and Patrick
Mahomes-led Chiefs (8-4) was one of the most eagerly anticipated of
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Toby
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