For all the fun people like to poke at Scott Pioli and Todd Haley going out of their way to bring in “The Right 53″-type of players, it’s pretty clear why they do. One of the first examples of them stepping away from the philosophy, first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin, was reportedly in a locker room altercation with RB Thomas Jones.
According to 610 Sports’ Nick Wright, the rookie injured his wrist in the scuffle and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason. The run-in with Jones and the injury explain why he had been absent from the Chiefs final practices leading up to Friday night’s preseason game with the Baltimore Ravens.
Wright also reports Baldwin is “as advertised” when it comes to his work ethic, or lack thereof.
Diva, spoiled, doesn’t wanna listen. Can run a Go and a Slant, and doesn’t wanna work.
The two players that were seen as having character issues, Baldwin and third-round pick Justin Houston, have now both proven why they were covered in red flags. Houston was one of the final picks in the entire league to report to camp and was out of shape when he did. Now this mess with Baldwin and the idea of drafting boy-scouts is looking a little better now.
What happens next will help to determine not only Baldwin’s future in Kansas City, but in the league. He can use this as a wake up call and come back as a man possessed or roll over and sulk his way through the 2011 season in Haley’s dog house.
The most frustrating part of this debacle is that Baldwin seemed like he was ready to prove the “diva” concerns were blown out of proportion at Pittsburgh. He spent time living and working out with Matt Cassel, even arranging a trip down to Joplin to help the recovery effort after the deadly tornadoes.
Now Baldwin has lost all of the good will he had been building up and gets to start from scratch with Chiefs fans, players and coaches.