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Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu pulls out of KCMO mayor's tree lighting

Singer Raheem DeVaughn to sub in
 Tyrann Mathieu
Posted at 3:26 PM, Nov 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-24 20:45:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has reportedly pulled out of the Kansas City, Missouri, mayor's ceremonial Christmas tree lighting.

KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas took to Twitter to jokingly comment on the change.

"Welp. Any of y'all want to come help us flip the switch instead?" Lucas tweeted.

The football player would have been the one to "flip the switch" to light up the Christmas tree.

Now, KSHB 41 News received word that rhythm and blues singer Raheem DeVaughn will do the honors instead.

However, that didn't stop Lucas from throwing out some more ideas.

"Or Kevin Strickland? We’d be lucky and honored to have him," Lucas said in another tweet.

Kevin Strickland was officially released Tuesday after being imprisoned for nearly 43 years for a crime he didn't commit.

The tree lighting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Crown Center in downtown Kansas City.