Donte Whitner Absurdly Claims Refs Rigged Super Bowl for Chiefs

Former 49er Donte Whitner believes the refs rigged the Super Bowl in the Chiefs' favor
Former 49er Donte Whitner believes the refs rigged the Super Bowl in the Chiefs' favor / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When are we going to give this nonsensical narrative a break?

Apparently, not today. Former NFL player Donte Whitner, who spent three seasons with the 49ers from 2011-2013, appeared on the Up & Adams show with Kay Adams and became the latest to further a ridiculous conspiracy theory.

If you ask Whitner, San Francisco not only lost to Kansas City as the Chiefs snagged a second straight Lombardi Trophy, but they lost to the referees as well.

Donte Whitner Claims Refs Rigged Super Bowl for Chiefs

Give me a break.

Never mind that the 49ers foolishly chose to receive the kickoff in overtime, giving Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs the luxury of knowing exactly what they needed to win. Don't pay attention to the fact that both teams were charged with six fouls and that Kansas City was penalized with more yardage (55) than San Francisco (40).

Silly little facts like those get in the way of a beaten narrative that the entire world is conspiring in the Chiefs and Taylor Swift's favor.

This might come as a surprise, but sometimes you just lose. There doesn't need to be some grand conspiracy straight from Roger Goodell's office. It's okay to admit that Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and Travis Kelce are three of the greatest to ever grace the NFL and their sterling record is reflective of that.

For now, we'll continue to see absurd claims like this one and can laugh at them. They should not be taken seriously, so at this point it's just become a fun way for people to tell on themselves. If someone claims the NFL is rigged or the refs cheated for Kansas City, you can know there's no truth to that person's claims.

It's still fun to see how angry the Chiefs are making the rest of the world, though!

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