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Friday, October 31, 2014

Todd Haley Apologizes for Snubbing Josh McDaniels in Postgame Handshake

Much ado was made here and elsewhere about Chiefs coach Todd Haley wagging his finger at Broncos coach Josh McDaniels after the 49-29 Denver win Sunday (UPDATE: New video from KSCW explains what Haley said). Chiefs reporter Josh Looney told LBS that Haley may have been upset at McDaniels for leaving his starters in the game in the 4th quarter, saying that Kansas City pulled Jamaal Charles late in the Denver game last year, keeping Charles from achieving the single-game rushing yards record.

Well with a day to cool off from the disaster and after hearing about the public relations problem from the media (and potentially elsewhere), Haley was singing a different tune Monday. “I want to apologize for me not shaking Josh’s hand after the game,” Haley said during his press conference Monday. “I do believe in doing what’s right. That was not right. I let the emotions of the situation get to me too much and apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh.”

Issuing an apology was the right move from a public relations standpoint, but I have no problem with Haley calling out McDaniels if he feels like Josh was not displaying proper sportsmanship late in the game. I’ve maintained all along that Haley will have his chance at revenge in three weeks when the teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium. You know Kansas City will be pumped up for the contest.

Photo Credit: Joe Amon/Denver Post



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