Fox Sports Jay Glazer: Chiefs Haven’t Paid Todd Haley

Jan 2, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Kansas City Chiefs still have not paid former coach Todd Haley the remainder of his contract from when he was fired with three games remaining last season. There were reports at the time that the Chiefs were claiming that Haley was fired “with cause” which essentially voids the remainder of the contract. Once the Chiefs moved on and hired Romeo Crennel to replace Haley the issue was forgotten by most KC fans.

Now Glazer is reporting that the issue still hasn’t been settled.

On “Fox Sports Sunday” Glazer reported that the issue is now in arbitration. This would line up with Haley being “mum” on the upcoming match up with his former team and with reports that behind the scenes Haley is wanting to run things up on Kansas City when the teams meet on Monday Night Football. If this issue is still in negotiation, then Haley wouldn’t want to say anything that the League would disapprove of if they are going to have some say on if he gets his money or not.

The issue of Haley being upset with KC and wanting to embarrass them on MNF is a short-term issue. If the Steelers blow out the Chiefs, it will be just one more bad loss in a season with too many of them to count.

In my opinion, the bigger issue is how this makes the Chiefs look in the eyes of possible GM and head coaching candidates if/when KC has positions open again. Firing a coach “with cause” basically means that the coach didn’t just lose too many games, but did something that violated their contract. My guess would be (just speculating) that the Chiefs (or more accurately, Scott Pioli) was upset about comments Haley made to Kent Babb that ended up in his now famous “Arrowhead Anxiety” story for the KC Star.

The only other team that I can remember firing a coach “with cause” in recent memory is the Oakland Raiders while still under the control of the late Al Davis. That’s not great organizational company to keep.

I think the Chiefs would be well served to fire Scott Pioli ASAP and give Todd Haley whatever money he is owed in hopes that it would send a message to possible HC and GM candidates that this was a Pioli problem and not a KC Chiefs organizational problem. Otherwise, even if Clark Hunt does clean house, he may have a hard time finding anyone good that is willing to come to KC to fill his openings.

What do you think, Addicts?

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Todd Haley

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  • calciomoti

    I certainly hope that Clark Hunt has something going on behind the scenes, because this is just another story that proves to me, that Scott Pioli has no business running anything on his own. This makes our organization look like garbage, and to even compare them to the filth in oakland, is another slap in the face…please Clark, please, fire Pioli ASAP!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

    I certainly agree with your assessment. It should not have gone on this long and I believe this to be more of a Pioli problem and Clark should want the Chiefs to look like a class act going forward. It is hard enough to get good people to come to a losing program!

  • Chiefswatch

    I think starting Tyler Palko four games in a row was more than enough cause.

  • ArrowFan

    If we fire Pioli then how does anything he ever did while in control effect the decision of anyone else who would possibly want to take his place as GM?

  • TAZMOSIS

    In the short span of a couple months, the Chiefs have become the laughing stock of the NFL. Not only are they unwatchable on the field, they are becoming a joke with the handling of this Haley thing. Good God, pay him and make this thing go away. This is again another part of Egoli’s ego peeking out it’s ugly head and making something that, by all accounts, is just another candy wrapper. Hey, Clark! This is sure a great way to attract another head coach and GM. Just fire your HC and withhold his pay. This has Pioli’s slober all over it. He is a joke within the league along with you for allowing it to get to this point. And I, along with thousands of other PREVIOUSLY LOYAL AND FAITHFUL Chief’s fans are to the point of no return.

    Clark, just how long has it been since the fans have not looked forward to seeing the Chief’s on prime time TV? We were put to shame last Thursday and probably will be again tonight. Do you not think that the contract situation with Haley and the Chiefs will not be brought up on Monday Night Football? And, you have to know that Haley is not going to take his foot off the gas tonight. Clark, you have allowed this to get to this point by letting your GM run the future of your franchise into the ditch.
    Your father would be ashamed and embarrassed by the way the history of his beloved Chiefs is being destroyed. Shame on Scott Pioli and shame on you for letting it go on.

  • Chris turner

    Always one of the bottom 2 payrolls in the league.This team is cheap they need to pay Haley.Please tell me who in the hell would want to work for Clark Hunt and Scott pioli. Certainly know one who is established like Cowher or Jon Gruden would.

    • ArrowFan

      Fire Pioli and all the negatives go away.

  • KCMikeG

    If he violated his contract terms then he has no right to the money. I’m with Chiefswatch on his playing Palko as cause enough! If he didn’t he will get paid. That’s what the arbitration is for. It does’t reflect badly on an employer for enforcing a legal contract. It happens in businesses. No one has reported on this because it isn’t a story. Except for Glazer, who is a never was MMA fighter who kissed Strahan’s ass enough to get some “insider” info that got him a job at Fox. He is a blow hard who is just trying to make a story he can spin for his own benefit.

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