Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has refused to write many checks over the years, but this one could take the cake. If a report out of Arizona is true, the owner is refusing to pay former head coach Todd Haley the remaining balance of his contract.
Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports in Phoenix tweeted about rumblings he’s heard about the team feeling they don’t have to pay Haley because he was fired for cause.
While rare, it’s not completely unheard of for a team to withhold payment to a fired coach. It was just a few years ago that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis claimed Lane Kiffin was fired four games into the 2008 season for cause. Kiffin filed a grievance, but the league took the side of Davis and the Raiders.
As I’m sure you’ll remember, Haley was at the center of The Kansas City Star’s “Arrowhead Anxiety”, when Kent Babb reported the coach worried the Chiefs complex was bugged and that his personal cell phone was tampered with.
Could Hunt and GM Scott Pioli consider those comments to Babb grounds to void the final year of his contract?
If this report turns out to be true and Haley didn’t do something egregious, this will be yet another example of Hunt doing whatever he can to put a few extra dollars in his pocket.