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Rob McElhenney slams NFL star’s ‘incredibly wrong’ comments about Welsh people

Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney has extended an olive branch to NFL star Jason Kelce, following Kelce’s regrettable comments about Wales.

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Kelce, speaking on the New Heights podcast, had expressed misguided perceptions of the Welsh, describing them in stereotypical terms.

Kelce’s remarks included statements such as: “When I think of Welsh, I think British people call it ‘posh’. I think of these rich, upper class, just beautiful white people,” and “He is the running stereotype of what I would think of with a Welsh person. I don’t know if that’s an accurate stereotype but that’s certainly what I think of and he’s helping continue that trend in my mind.”

Kelce had also expressed enthusiasm for the ex-rugby player, predicting, “I’m excited to see what this guy does. I know it’s gonna be a learning curve, but I hope this guy takes the world by f****** storm. It will be electric. With a smile like that, this guy… if he works out, he’s gonna be the most marketable player of all time.”

However, upon reflection and criticism, Kelce acknowledged his error and expressed a willingness to correct his views, stating, “Yea, I’ve come to understand, I was very incorrect on this. Based on further assessment since these incorrect statements, not sure why I had these preconceptions in my mind, but I have found that the Welsh seem exactly like my kind of people. Happy to be incredibly wrong.”

In response to Kelce’s retraction, McElhenney offered to personally guide him through Wales, aiming to provide a firsthand experience of the country and its people.

McElhenney said:”Yes, incredibly wrong. I should show you around someday. I might know a few people. See for yourself.”

Telegraph picks 2025 British & Irish Lions squad with Marcus Smith missing out

With the conclusion of the Six Nations, marked by England’s resurgence and Ireland’s triumphant performance once again, The Telegraph have revisited their squad predictions.

Check out who they selected below.


  • Zander Fagerson (Scotland)
  • Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
  • Finlay Bealham (Ireland)
  • Andrew Porter (Ireland)
  • Ellis Genge (England)
  • Pierre Schoeman (Scotland)
Ellis Genge, Captain of England during the Summer Nations Series Rugby match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on August 5, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK


  • Dewi Lake (Wales)
  • Dan Sheehan (Ireland)
  • Ronan Kelleher (Ireland)