Cincy Mayor: Yeah, I Deserved Being Called a 'Jabroni'

Aftab Pureval responds to Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce's slam
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2023 5:58 AM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2023 9:55 AM CST
KC Player Answers Mayor's Trash Talk
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, center, celebrates after the AFC championship win.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Cincinnati's mayor engaged in some trash talk ahead of the Cincinnati-Kansas City AFC championship Sunday night. After the game—won by Kansas City—a Chiefs star gave it right back to him. "Hey, I've got some wise words for that Cincinnati mayor," tight end Travis Kelce said on CBS. "Know your role and shut your mouth, you jabroni!" (Watch it here.) As USA Today explains, the message was for Mayor Aftab Pureval, who put out a video last week boasting about Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow's 3-0 record against KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes. "Joseph Lee Burrow, who's 3-0 against Mahomes, has been asked by officials to take a paternity test confirming whether or not he's his father," Pureval said.

That record is now 3-1, of course. After Kelce's very public slam, Pureval responded like a good sport. “Yeah. Deserved that,” the mayor tweeted. "Congrats to KC on a well-fought win, and good luck in Arizona." So what's a "jabroni?" A "foolish or contemptible person," according to And it was none other than Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson who popularized the word during his days as a wrestler with the WWE, notes the Cincinnati Enquirer. (This summary has been updated with the mayor's response.)

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