“You Cost Me Millions”: Patrick Mahomes Receives Bizarre Greeting From Mattress Mack at Kentucky Derby

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Since its inception in the year 1875, the Kentucky Derby has become a premiere destination for world-renowned celebrities and athletes. Every year, on the first Saturday of May, the rich and famous flock to Churchill Downs racetrack to witness one of the most elite Triple Crown events in person. On the same token, this year also, with just a few more hours to go until the 3-year-old thoroughbred races, the stands are already started to fill with well-known male and female attendees.

On 5th May, a multitude of celebrities and elite names from the sporting world graced their presence at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala. The star-studded bash was packed with musical extravaganza and has raised millions of dollars for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center. Now, what took all the social media attention was an impromptu interaction between Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and $300 million worth American Business magnate and renowned sports bettor James Franklin McIngvale.

James Franklin loses millions and quips Patrick Mahomes for his loss

Last year, James Franklin a.k.a. Mattress Mack made a hefty bet of $1.5 million on Epicenter to win the 2022 Kentucky Derby. However, in the final round, Rich Strike trounced Epicenter and won the 2022 Kentucky Derby trophy. Though Epicenter stood in 2nd place, Mattress Mack lost the bet as he laid down the odds for Epicenter to win the race. Nonetheless, this year, the 72-year-old is once again back with yet another betting game.

On the same note, as a regular sports bettor, James Franklin bet an affluence against Mahomes and the Chiefs several times. In 2020, Mack wagered $1 million on the San Francisco 49ers to defeat the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. He then laid down $1 million on the Houston Texans to triumph over the Chiefs during the divisional round. However, Mahomes clinched victories on both the instances, and hence caused a significant loss for Mattress Mack.

However, for losing last year’s opulent wager, the Houston-based businessman jokingly quipped NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the red carpet.

As Mahomes was making his way toward the stands, Mattress Mack stopped him and greeted him. However, before parting their ways, Mack told Mahomes, “You cost me millions betting against you”. On this, the NFL champion replied, “Sorry about that one”. The Super Bowl MVP then told Mack to bet on him instead of against him from the next time.

Interestingly, this year, the Two-time Super Bowl MVP will give the famous “Riders Up’ declaration before the race commencement.

Patrick Mahomes to call Riders Up at 149th edition of Kentucky Derby

The two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback, who kicked off the opening ceremony of the 2023 NFL draft in April, has now girded up to start the ‘Fastest Two Minutes in Sports’. It was declared on Wednesday 3rd May that the NFL star will give the opening credits for the famous ‘Riders Up’ signal at the 149th Kentucky Derby.

With this, Mahomes joins the Broncos head coach Sean Payton and free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, as the Kentucky Derby honorees with ties to the NFL. Though the Super Bowl MVP was greeted rather in a bizarre way by Mattress Mack, he is ready to commence the Run for the Roses race of the year.


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