Mahomes cites 'mental lapse' in Gilmore contact

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes called it “a little bit of a mental lapse” that he got close to Stephon Gilmore after Monday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. Gilmore later tested positive for COVID-19.

“I was just trying to show respect to a great football player who I hope is getting better very quickly,” Mahomes said Wednesday. “I’ll just try to keep away from that and try not to do it again.”

Gilmore said in a tweet Wednesday that he is currently asymptomatic.

“I’ve followed every protocol, yet it happened to me,” he said. “Please be sure to take this seriously.”

Patrick Mahomes, right, said he’ll exercise more caution going forward after close contact with Stephon Gilmore, left, after Monday night’s game. Charlie Riedel/AP Photo

The Chiefs last week had a practice squad quarterback, Jordan Ta’amu, test positive for COVID-19. Mahomes said he was able to stay at least 6 feet away from Ta’amu in meetings, which he said Ta’amu sometimes attended virtually.

Mahomes still slept in a bedroom apart from his pregnant fiancée, Brittany Matthews, for the first couple of nights — until results of his own tests came back

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