Ray, a Kansas City, Missouri, native, took to Instagram on Tuesday to show a new tattoo covering his back that includes several images he said honor his hometown. One of those, however, is an image of an arrowhead with KC in the middle, much like the logo of the Kansas City Chiefs, an AFC West rival of the Broncos.
Ray also has images of Kansas City’s skyline to go with logos from the Kansas City Royals and Sporting Kansas City of the MLS.
Initially, Ray posted an image on his Instagram account with, “Everyone knows how I feel about being from Kansas City Mo and that’s real pride." Ray also said “for anyone that’s salty because I take pride in the city that made me who I am today, you weren’t with me then and I [sic] won’t bother me if you’re not now."
Ray later answered on Twitter that, in part, “I love the Broncos and I bleed orange and blue." Ray also said that a “representation of pride and art" shouldn’t upset football fans.
Ray, who was the Broncos’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft, graduated from Kansas City-area Bishop Miege High School and played at the University of Missouri.
With DeMarcus Ware expected to be more of pass-rush specialist in the coming season, the Broncos expect Ray to play more in the team’s regular defense. He finished his rookie season with 20 tackles and four sacks.