Are the Chiefs refusing to pay Todd Haley after the Star’s Arrow-noia story?

An Arizona radio reporter tweeted that Chiefs are refusing to pay former head coach Todd Haley the remainder of his contract, signaling he was fired for a specific reason, beyond the team’s futility, writes ESPN’s Bill Williams.

“Hearing the Chiefs R refusing 2 play Todd Haley the remainder of his salary, was terminated 4 cause, another words 4 a specific reason. #kc,” tweeted Mike Jurecki.

Writes Williams:

This has not been confirmed. If that is the case, it means the Chiefs are saying they fired Haley for a specific reason that was problematic to the team, and that they don’t feel like they should have to abide by the contract. Former Oakland owner Al Davis had similar interactions with some coaches he fired.

Star reporter Kent Babb’s in-depth look at paranoia within the Chiefs’ organization was fascinating, and it led with an interview with Haley, who appears neurotic.

Todd Haley walked into the public relations office at Chiefs headquarters on a Thursday in early December. Four days before he was fired as the team’s coach, he wanted to talk about what life was like inside this organization. But he didn’t know who else might be listening.

Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.

A Chiefs PR staffer sat in on the interview with Babb. Haley was fired four days later after an embarrassing loss to the Jets, at which point the team was 5-8.
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