Patrick Mahomes is one of the best and most popular quarterbacks in the NFL. He has taken the Kansas City Chiefs to two Super Bowls in a row, winning the first one in 2020. He has also earned the MVP award in 2018, and signed a historic contract worth $503 million in 2020.
He is widely seen as the leader of the league, and an inspiration for many young fans. However, he is also dealing with a serious legal problem, that could ruin his career and reputation.
He was arrested in February 2024, for aggravated sexual battery, involving his younger brother, Jackson Mahomes. How did Patrick Mahomes get into this situation? What are the facts and the evidence of the case? And what are the possible consequences of his actions?
The Arrest and the Accusation
On February 7, 2024, Patrick Mahomes was arrested by the police in Kansas City, Missouri, for aggravated sexual battery. He was charged with sexually assaulting his 22-year-old brother, Jackson Mahomes, who is also a social media influencer and a dancer.
According to the police report, the incident happened on February 5, 2024, at Patrick Mahomes’ home, where Jackson Mahomes was staying as a guest. Jackson Mahomes said that Patrick Mahomes came into his bedroom, while he was sleeping, and forced himself on him.
He said that he tried to fight back, but Patrick Mahomes overpowered him, and threatened to hurt him if he told anyone. He said that he was traumatized and scared by the attack, and that he decided to report it to the police, after getting medical attention. He also gave physical and DNA evidence, to back up his claim.
Patrick Mahomes was taken into custody, and his bond was set at $100,000. He was released on bail, and ordered to stay away from Jackson Mahomes, and any other potential witnesses. He was also suspended indefinitely by the NFL, until the investigation was over.
The Reaction and the Defense
Patrick Mahomes’ arrest shocked the sports world, and the public. Many fans and media outlets expressed disbelief and disappointment, at the news of his alleged crime. They wondered how he could do such a thing, to his own brother, and to someone who admired him.
They also wondered how this would affect his career, and his legacy, as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Some also speculated that he might have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or that he might have had mental health issues, that could have affected his behavior.
Patrick Mahomes’ family, friends, and teammates, also reacted to his arrest, with mixed feelings. Some showed support and sympathy, for him and his brother, and hoped that the truth would come out. Others showed anger and betrayal, and denounced his actions. Some also kept their distance from him, and avoided talking about the matter.
Patrick Mahomes himself, denied any wrongdoing, and said that he was innocent, and that he loved his brother. He said that he did not know why Jackson Mahomes would accuse him of such a thing, and that he was sure that he would be cleared of the charges.
He said that he was working with the authorities, and that he had hired a lawyer. He also apologized to his fans, and his team, for the trouble and the distraction, that he had caused. He said that he hoped to solve the issue, as soon as possible, and that he hoped to get back to the field, and play the game that he loved.
The Trial and the Verdict
In April 2024, Patrick Mahomes’ trial for aggravated sexual battery commenced in the Jackson County Circuit Court, Kansas City, Missouri. The prosecution, supported by witness testimonies, physical, and DNA evidence, argued his guilt.
Despite the defense presenting alibi and character evidence, the jury, after two weeks of trial and three days of deliberation, unanimously found Mahomes guilty on May 1, 2024. They recommended a 15-year prison sentence, which the judge accepted. Mahomes vowed to appeal, maintaining his innocence and expressing determination to fight for his freedom.