Taylor Swift Taylor Swift performers during the first night of the Cincinnati stop of the Eras Tour at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Taylor Swift dropped a new release Friday, which is enough to get social media buzzing under any circumstances. But it didn’t take long for Swifties and NFL fans to notice one of the songs appears to take a shot at Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney.

Swift’s creatively named The Tortured Poets Department record includes a song, The Alchemy, that appears to touch on her relationship with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, featuring lyrics that evoke images from KC’s Super Bowl win (‘Where’s the trophy? He just came running to me”).

But there are a couple of lines in the chorus that fans are convinced are aimed at Toney: “When I touch down, call the amateurs and cut ’em from the team,” Swift sings. “Ditch the clowns, get the crown.”

Toney earned the wrath of Chiefs fans when he got called for offsides to nullify a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 10. On the play, Kelce caught a pass from Patrick Mahomes, then lateraled the ball to Toney, who went in for a touchdown.

The play was an instant “Play of the Year” contender … until Toney’s penalty got it called back.


NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano actually predicted at the time Swift would get in a dig at Toney on her next release.

Toney, of course, didn’t endear himself to the Chiefs or fans later in the season, going on a profane rant on social media disputing he was on the inactive list because of an injury.

So there’s plenty of anti-Toney fuel there to inspire some lyrics. Whether Taylor Swift aimed those lines at Toney or not remains to be seen, but social media quickly latched onto the idea.




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