More than a few jaws dropped when Kahlil McKenzie, the son of Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Why? The Raiders and Chiefs have arguably one of the most bitter rivalries in the history of the NFL and maybe professional sports. Kahlil’s dad spends a lot of his time figuring out how to defeat the Chiefs. Now Kahlil, who shows a lot of promise, will be on the other side of that competition. Naturally, the Raiders reacted with surprise. And, naturally, this happened on social media.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 28, 2018
Well, this is awkward…
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 28, 2018
The Chiefs fired back with a cheeky gif of head coach Andy Reid throwing his hat on underneath a shrugging emoji.
What makes the awkward situation even more awkward is the fact that Reggie McKenzie said that he would have drafted his son if he could and Reggie was the one who convinced Kahlil to enter the draft a year early as a sixth-round pick, thinking that things would work out. And they did! Kind of! For his part, Kahlil seems unphased. In an interview with USA Today he said that despite the outcome, his family was still very proud. That’s probably true, but let’s look at the happy moment just in case.
— Kahlil McKenzie Jr. (@Kahlil_Mckenzie) April 28, 2018
Oof. Looks like the guy is getting a diagnosis.
Hey, perhaps it’s better that Kahlil ended up on the side that’s opposite his father. Sometimes working in the same industry as your high profile dad can be a lot to manage. Just ask Austin Rivers, who was famously ostracized by the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers, a team coached by his dad. It rough on players. It is not, however rough on assistant coaches. Andy Reid employs his son. Bill Belichick employes his son. Pete Carroll employes two of his sons. So, if it doesn’t work out in Kansas City as least Kahlil has a plausible plan B.