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The Todd Haley image-bolstering tour commences

With plenty of Chiefs fans unhappy with the performance of their first-year head coach and said first-year head coach recently accused of flipping the bird after a tough loss at home to the Browns, Todd Haley finally has generated some positive press.

According to KCTV in Kansas City, Haley walked up to a stranger on Saturday and handed the guy a “stack of $20 bills.”

Brian Mondaine was waiting for a bus when Haley stopped and gave Mondaine the money.

“He’s got a little soft heart on the inside,” Mondaine told KCTV.

So was Haley handing out stacks of money all over town, or was he simply lucky that the one guy to whom he handed the cash decided to call up a local television station and blab about it?

Asked about the gesture during his Monday press conference, Haley said, “I’m grateful for all I have and I try to help others when I can.”

Ugh.

Hey, it doesn’t matter if the gesture is viewed by some (i.e., us) as being more transparent than freshly-squeegeed windshield.  If the Brian Mondaines of Kansas City decide that Haley is in reality a nice guy who shouldn’t be fired, it was the best P.R. investment Haley ever could have made.

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19 Responses to “The Todd Haley image-bolstering tour commences”
  1. sammm says: Dec 29, 2009 12:59 PM

    Haley trying to buy his job security?
    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  2. mooremi9 says: Dec 29, 2009 1:06 PM

    Great now Brian Mondaines can buy the crack rock and not rob my sweet grandmas purse.
    Way to pay it forward Todd

  3. chief says: Dec 29, 2009 1:09 PM

    There’s plenty of stories similar to this floating in KC. Just because your buddy Jason Whitlock doesn’t like Todd Haley, doesn’t mean you need to slant your writing style to tear apart someone’s image without offering an equal share of building the image up when appropriate.

  4. Setobakura says: Dec 29, 2009 1:14 PM

    Andy Reid does the same thing here in Philly, except he gives stacks of $20s to the kid behind the counter at Dunkin Donuts.

  5. gooboy6 says: Dec 29, 2009 1:14 PM

    Haley didn’t call the press, the guy did. It was a nice gesture and he should be commended for it. Hopefully more people will do the same and help the unfortunate

  6. Hap says: Dec 29, 2009 1:20 PM

    It was MONOPOLY money. Come on, guys. Haley’s tighter than a tick.

  7. JSpicoli says: Dec 29, 2009 1:27 PM

    Doesn’t mean he can coach a lick in the NFL.
    Great job there KC, a lame coach and a lame QB. Your future is secure.

  8. ZombieRevolution says: Dec 29, 2009 1:38 PM

    Mike Florio writes: “If the Brian Mondaines of Kansas City decide that Haley is in reality a nice guy who shouldn’t be fired, it was the best P.R. investment Haley ever could have made.”
    A) Nice editing
    B) Concerning the trust issue- nice to see that ex-lawyers cannot change their stipes.

  9. JohnNdallas says: Dec 29, 2009 1:49 PM

    Once again Florio, the notion of someone doing something for no other reason than it was Kind, Nobel, Admirable, or just flat out the right thing to do is so foreign to people like you, that everything must have a taint to it. (a Kid deciding that staying in college is the right thing for him, has sold himself short for the coaches sake, in your selfish view)
    Which is it Florio, Scum sucking bottom dweller or bottom dwelling scum sucker? Or is simply F’n Hog Farmer?

  10. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Dec 29, 2009 1:52 PM

    The guy gets crazy angry. Anyone remember last year when he wanted to fight one of his players on the Cardinals sidelines? I’ve seen him get a real demonic angry look when Cassell called for a time out when they played my Raiders. He was dropping the f-bomb all over the place.

  11. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 29, 2009 2:07 PM

    Just when I was beginning to come around and empathize with your position as a football outsider and respect how you started this one man show of a site…you shit all over a good thing from somebody who is trying to make the world a better place. You disappoint me greatly, Florio.
    Why didn’t you shit all over Haley’s mentor Bill Parcells here back on November 10th when you posted how Parcells helped out a homeless guy?
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/11/10/tuesday-morning-one-liners-53/
    Everything in this world doesn’t have to be a conspiracy theory or have ulterior motives, Florio. Sometimes people just do things out of the goodness of their hearts because they have something to give. Shame on you…

  12. ParkerFly says: Dec 29, 2009 2:09 PM

    “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
    There’s nothing desperate about it. Haley will be back next year.
    Chiefs fans have the hardest time understanding that the team sucking isn’t always the coaches fault.

  13. CaseyInKC says: Dec 29, 2009 2:36 PM

    news flash! The chiefs were terrible before Haley… A new coach isn’t going to turn your franchise around, it starts with the players (which right now is still a work in progress)

  14. CapsLockKey says: Dec 29, 2009 2:52 PM

    How is this a PR move? Nothing like taking a good gesture and trying to spin in into something sinister. It’s not like Haley walked up to the guy and said “Hi, I’m Todd Haley, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Have some money and make sure to tell your friends about my goodwill.” If the guy a) hadn’t called the press afterwards or b) recognized him in the first place, it would have gone unnoticed, which is what Haley probably intended in the first place.

  15. smiley says: Dec 29, 2009 3:38 PM

    The guy did a good deed…..I’ll be drafting him the next couple of months to see if I can get PAAAID. It WAS a nice thing to do….stop complaining just because it didn’t happen to you. F$$$ nuts.

  16. hotchick says: Dec 29, 2009 3:59 PM

    Fact is, no one commenting above, including Florio, knows how this all went down. It could be a PR move, it could be a guy being nice.
    BUT
    It is unusual for the receipient to notify the press because someone famous gave him a stack of $20’s. As others had mentioned this sort of things happens often. So it is a reasonable notion to question why this one got publicity. Example, the Parcells story did not come out until they had been interacting for close to a year.
    BUT
    Its also silly to think this would have any effect as to whether an owner decides he can be a successful coach of his team.
    BUT
    It is simple to figure out, someone with connections to various high and low profile media outlets and personell should pick up the phone and maybe find out how the KC press became aware of the good deed.
    BUT
    Maybe a penchant for incomplete research is what caused someone here to be excited about being profiled in the NYTimes.

  17. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 29, 2009 5:47 PM

    “So it is a reasonable notion to question why this one got publicity.”
    _____________________________________
    Don’t be so gullible, it’s Christmas season. The time of the year for all feel good stories to be heard.
    Try googling Tracy Porter (Saints), Raheem Brock (Colts), Willie Parker (Steelers), Dunta Robinson (Texans) ect. for more nice stories about NFLer’s donating to others this Christmas season as just a few examples.

  18. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 29, 2009 5:49 PM

    “So it is a reasonable notion to question why this one got publicity.”
    _____________________________________
    Don’t be so gullible, it’s Christmas season. The time of the year for all feel good stories to be heard.
    Try googling Tracy Porter (Saints), Raheem Brock (Colts), Willie Parker (Steelers), Dunta Robinson (Texans) ect. for more nice stories about NFLer’s donating to others this Christmas season as just a few examples.

  19. Route36West says: Dec 29, 2009 7:56 PM

    So when Tony Romo’s getting hounded in the media for being a Celebrity QB and caring more about golf and vacations then football its a great thing when he helps someone on the side of the road. But when Haley gives a guy money hes doing it for PR?
    So it was a coincidence when the person Romo helped told people about it but it wasn’t when when the person Haley helped did the same thing.
    Hypocrite.

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