Despite arrest, Chiefs Gay to play Sun. vs Bills

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay will play in Sunday’s AFC divisional round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills, coach Andy Reid said.

Gay pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Johnson County, Kan., District Court to a misdemeanor charge of criminal property damage of less than $1,000. He had been arrested Wednesday night in Overland Park, Kan., and spent the night in county jail.

Gay returned to practice on Friday after an absence on Thursday. Reid did not specify his reasons for allowing Gay to play against the Bills.

“I decided he would play,” Reid said. “I’m not going to get into the conversations (with Gay). I decided that after hearing just some of the information there.”

According to the police report, $225 worth of property was damaged at an apartment in Overland Park. Items damaged were a vacuum cleaner, a cellphone screen protector, a humidifier and a wall and door frame.

The mother of Gay’s 3-month-old son has requested a civil protection order, which means Gay is not allowed to have contact with either of them until the case is heard by a civil judge.

Gay is scheduled to return to court on March 2.

Gay, the Chiefs’ second-round draft pick in 2020, started 11 games this season plus the Chiefs’ wild-card round playoff win last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has two interceptions and 0.5 sacks.

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