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Todd Haley takes night off to attend Lil Wayne concert

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So how does an NFL head coach who’s trying to cram five months of work into five weeks spend one of the precious remaining evenings before the first game of the regular season?

Apparently, by going to a Lil Wayne concert.

That’s precisely what Chiefs coach Todd Haley did last night, presumably while the rest of his staff was grinding away in order to get ready for a visit from the Bills and former Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey on September 11.

It was good, very good,” Haley told reporters on Tuesday regarding the show, via the Chiefs’ official website.  “I see that’s getting a little. . . .  Our players all knew I was out there.  Lil’ Wayne — our song last year — we made a video at the start of the season and it was one of his songs.  The players took to it.  We played it every home game.  It was kind of our. . . .  When you saw us gather up in the end zone, it was always a song of his.  So, I said if he comes into town and I get an opportunity to give him a copy of it and thank him, I was able to do it.  It was a great, great show, terrific.”

And so Haley has found a way to try to justify his detour away from his work duties.  He owed it to Lil Wayne to be there, because the Chiefs used one of his songs to get excited last year.

It’s unclear whether Haley’s players actually knew about this in advance, even though Haley said they did.  Asked later whether the move enhances his credibility in the locker room, Haley said, “I don’t know.  They didn’t know it a whole bunch until. . . .  I guess now they know.”

So the player knew he was out there — but yet they didn’t know until it became an issue in the media.

Apart from that awkward inconsistency, it’s hard to imagine any other NFL head coach going to a concert less than three weeks before the start of the season, especially after a lockout in which there were multiple weeks featuring a lot less work than usual, and thus more time than usual to do non-work things.  This doesn’t mean NFL head coaches shouldn’t have lives away from the sport, but the Chiefs have two preseason games left and a regular-season game in less than a week, to cap an offseason in which the lockout has made it even harder than usual to get ready to compete.

Haley is one of those guys who loves to mention his ties to Bill Parcells.  And maybe that’s the best barometer for this one:  Would Parcells have left camp to attend a Lil Wayne concert?

Do I even need to answer that?

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91 Responses to “Todd Haley takes night off to attend Lil Wayne concert”
  1. thespeaker08 says: Aug 23, 2011 6:59 PM

    Actually, Nobody ever saw you guys gather in the endzone…

  2. trbowman says: Aug 23, 2011 7:00 PM

    My respect for Todd Haley just plummeted

  3. aaronp2098 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:00 PM

    Guess we don’t have to worry about seeing Todd Haley PFT live…Ever

  4. scudbot says: Aug 23, 2011 7:03 PM

    Say, this truly is really big news. In other major news, several Packers were seen leaving a Subway restaurant in Green Bay recently.

  5. bossplayer213 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:03 PM

    Too much money ain’t enough money, you know the feds listenin…..what money????

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 23, 2011 7:07 PM

    Todd Haley: “Really Lil Wayne? TWO encores? Come on man. Show some class.”

  7. seneca1ss says: Aug 23, 2011 7:09 PM

    Hard to take a head coach seriously (Wayne is talented but his lyrics make Eminem sound like the Pope)

  8. philyeagles5 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:09 PM

    who cares? we all take days off. lets stop pretending these guys arent human beings.

  9. tatum064 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:09 PM

    Got to check out “LIl Weezy”! Hilarious! Maybe he can lighten up….

  10. rando74 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:10 PM

    Thats ok. I once missed my daughters birth to catch a Ron Artest concert.

  11. bluvayner says: Aug 23, 2011 7:10 PM

    Parcells probably wouldn’t skip out of camp to see Lil Wayne, but Chubby Checker might be a different story.

  12. talkintrashallday says: Aug 23, 2011 7:11 PM

    Bill Parcells wouldn’t leave camp to attend his mother’s funeral on Xmas.

  13. polishkingski says: Aug 23, 2011 7:12 PM

    haley, pioli, ravioli, stromboli….mmmmmmmmm.

  14. kevin3142 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:12 PM

    Why so critical? He can’t work 24/7…. and does it matter if he goes to a Lil Wayne Concert or goes home and reads a book in bed? I’m sure Bill Parcells went home once or twice a week and got away from football.

    Also he went with Brandon Flowers…. on of his players.

  15. 3menandablog says: Aug 23, 2011 7:13 PM

    Lil Wayne’s street cred just took a devastating blow.

  16. staffordsyear says: Aug 23, 2011 7:14 PM

    Late august,2 preseason games left,3 weeks till regular season starts, lil wayne,4-12 record…priceless.

  17. bradybbgoat says: Aug 23, 2011 7:14 PM

    LOL at the thought of Parcells rocking out to some Lil’ Wayne.

  18. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 23, 2011 7:17 PM

    Well if Tebow can watch “the carpenters” concert when he is the 4th string QB, why can’t Hailey see Weezy F baby?

  19. alexhww says: Aug 23, 2011 7:17 PM

    Nice to see “Chan Gailey” commenting on the Chiefs website about a concert Todd Haley went to…

  20. madamschefter says: Aug 23, 2011 7:18 PM

    Chiefs will be picking first in the 2012 Draft because of this…

  21. jburnabtnh says: Aug 23, 2011 7:20 PM

    Yes, those 3 hours Haley lost by going to that concert will cost the Chiefs the Super Bowl. What a shame.

  22. jaggedmark says: Aug 23, 2011 7:21 PM


  23. tmaczoozoo says: Aug 23, 2011 7:22 PM

    I bet he was crying and whining something about the playlist being too long…

    Or the tickets being too high priced…

    Or the parking lot being too filled…

    Or Lil’ Wayne being too lil’…


  24. gorms3308 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:23 PM

    lil wayne’s music sucks

  25. wawa33 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:23 PM

    There is something really wrong with Todd Haley, wannabee gangsta.

  26. riverhorsey says: Aug 23, 2011 7:24 PM

    Haley is a free spirit, he’s not into feet but hey each to their own.

  27. baldeaglejohnie says: Aug 23, 2011 7:25 PM

    ” I LIKE THAT”

  28. firerogergoodell says: Aug 23, 2011 7:26 PM

    Lil Wayne is the worst “rapper” on the planet. If I ever heard one of his songs at my teams games, I would take a concession break. Radio pop-rap is awful. I bet Haley likes Bieber too. Not to mention Wayne says he is a Packers fan AND a Saints fan. Get out of here with that.

  29. terrellblowens says: Aug 23, 2011 7:27 PM

    Todd Haley is a pretty good coach but kind of a moron at the same time. Maybe he was trying to connect with his players outside of the game. He has a no-nonsense kind of image but then he pulls this. Weird

  30. iamgoodkid says: Aug 23, 2011 7:27 PM

    i like to go on WinMX with one of the NFL players and go to the chat room in phoenix trivia lounge chat room it has real trivia and i get all the answers right, so do you guys get all the answers right even todd haley of the chiefs would get all the answers right, nod head yes right say yes

  31. TeamBalco says: Aug 23, 2011 7:33 PM

    #Weezy F. Hailey!

  32. macjacmccoy says: Aug 23, 2011 7:34 PM

    Relax 1 coach taking a 3-4 hour break isnt going to effect the team at all. It could actually help Haley. It is known when doing things like studying you retain more material by taking breaks then you would if you worked non stop . Taking a break for a few hours to have fun and recharge your batteries can only help. Anyway this is only news bc what he was doing while taking a break. Which makes it not news at all. Im sure more then half of the head coaches in this league have taken a few hours off at least once since the lockout ended be that to just relax, take the wife out for dinner or to smell and caress her feet (I See You Rex).

    Taking 3 hours for yourself to go to a Lil Wayne concert wont hurt your team anymore or any less then taking a 3 hour break to take your wife out to dinner.

  33. realitypolice says: Aug 23, 2011 7:35 PM

    Gotta love jock-sniffer nation.

    How dare a coach take a few hours off from the 18 hour days he working to actually have a little fun !?!?!?!?!

    Yes, the Chiefs have no chance now. How will they every recover from the EVENING that their coach spent with his nose off the grindstone!?!?!

    Shame! Shame, I tell you!

  34. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 23, 2011 7:36 PM

    In other news, Michael Vick left practice early with an odd smirk on his face to catch “The Baha Men”.

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:36 PM

    He would, this guy.

  36. capslockkey says: Aug 23, 2011 7:36 PM

    Seriously, who gives a crap what a guy does on his few hours off? Coaches and players aren’t robots and work 24/7. I bet if he went to a Jimmy Buffett concert this wouldn’t even be a story. You can draw your own conclusions from that last statement.

  37. wtfru2 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:36 PM

    That’s what a good manager does, task everyone get them working together and then sit back and watch the results. Most of the time the top man is just in the way when it comes to real work.

  38. philyeagles5 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:38 PM

    rando74 says:
    Aug 23, 2011 7:10 PM
    Thats ok. I once missed my daughters birth to catch a Ron Artest concert.
    HEY!!! its Metta World Peace now.

  39. steelerfan999 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:42 PM

    WHAT IS HE 12

  40. gocaps8 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:43 PM

    What would Lombardi say?

  41. scudbot says: Aug 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    firerogergoodell says: “Lil Wayne is the worst ‘rapper’ on the planet.” You will be hearing from Mr. Haley’s attorneys about this deeply cutting personal affront with malice. Besides, Drake is.

  42. jackblackshairyback says: Aug 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    After the concert, Haley was heard complaining that he didnt like how Lil Wayne played until the very end.

  43. botchedextrapoint says: Aug 23, 2011 7:50 PM

    A guy as highly strung as Haley needs to pace himself and chill from time to time. Chiefs ran out of puff late last year. Hope this is a sign he is learning to relax a bit and manage his intensity.

  44. themanchine says: Aug 23, 2011 7:54 PM

    “We’ve got about 19 days left, so time is of the essence,” Haley said.

    Double standard?

  45. docredskin says: Aug 23, 2011 7:57 PM

    I wouldn’t leave dental surgery to go to one of his concerts.

  46. radrntn says: Aug 23, 2011 7:59 PM

    why is this linked to the raiders?

  47. 7pints says: Aug 23, 2011 8:02 PM

    Sadly Lil Wayne is the more mature of the two.

  48. kayotiicdat says: Aug 23, 2011 8:04 PM

    More reason to hate the guy, I’m from New Orleans and i refuse to listen to Wayne.. No wonder why the Chiefs blow, they come out to lil wayne LOL

  49. oakfan23 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:05 PM

    Now we can scratch the Broncos AND the cheifs off the list. Only SD standing in our way, LOLLLL!

  50. imasturbate says: Aug 23, 2011 8:06 PM

    Thanks for making me laugh after a long day of work! Great comment!

  51. scudbot says: Aug 23, 2011 8:14 PM

    radrntn says: “why is this linked to the raiders?” It was one of Robert Charles Comer’s last wishes.

  52. andjmoore says: Aug 23, 2011 8:16 PM

    Really? You’re giving a guy a hard time for going to a concert?

    I doubt you’d be giving him the same hard time if he told everyone he went to the movies with his wife… or even if he said he went to a U2 concert… which means… ?

  53. joelvis72 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:20 PM

    Lil Wayne doesn’t have anything on The Carpenters. And I’m not joking, 808raiderinparadise.

  54. theysone says: Aug 23, 2011 8:22 PM

    Haley is going to whine about Lil Wayne turning up the sound when it was already plenty loud.

  55. sakatak says: Aug 23, 2011 8:25 PM

    Lil Wayne? Which one of Wayne Gretzky’s kids turned into a musician?

  56. WingT says: Aug 23, 2011 8:25 PM

    Haley just got big props from his team…..

  57. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Aug 23, 2011 8:31 PM

    lil Wayne is mostly POP-Hip Hop now days anyway so it’s not a big shocker … I mean the guy was on espn 1st & 10 a few times for god sakes

  58. skinsrock says: Aug 23, 2011 8:37 PM

    Are coaches subject to random drug screenings?? … uh… Now would be a good time 🙂

  59. dolphone says: Aug 23, 2011 8:42 PM

    I wouldn’t condemn him for going to a concert.

    I *do* condemn him for the choice of “artist”. That guy is an awful rapper.

  60. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:44 PM

    3menandablog says: Aug 23, 2011 7:13 PM

    Lil Wayne’s street cred just took a devastating blow.


  61. fmwarner says: Aug 23, 2011 8:52 PM

    Who cares? That three hours is not going to make or break the season. All work and no play makes Jack take an axe to his family. Tone down the pontificating.

  62. macjacmccoy says: Aug 23, 2011 8:53 PM

    3menandablog says:
    Aug 23, 2011 7:13 PM
    Lil Wayne’s street cred just took a devastating blow.

    I think kissing the male owner of his label who goes by the name of baby on the mouth already did that for him.

  63. greenmeattruck says: Aug 23, 2011 8:55 PM

    so THAT’S why he cut of that AWESOME mullet. it all makes sense now…

  64. mybuttsayspft says: Aug 23, 2011 9:09 PM

    He’ll have plenty of time for concerts after the season when he’s fired.

  65. souldogdave says: Aug 23, 2011 9:11 PM

    Kind of odd. Is he trying for street cred? Last place in the world I’d go. I’m surprised he didn’t get lumped for lookin’ funny…

  66. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 23, 2011 9:17 PM

    wow…that is hilarious…An NFL coach singing “I wish I could ___ every girl in the world”…priceless…

  67. sharkcatcher says: Aug 23, 2011 9:18 PM

    I rather listen to some old Gang Starr.

  68. badfish6907 says: Aug 23, 2011 9:22 PM

    Lil Wayne has a house right outside Green Bay and attends most Packer games. I have a friend who manages a local pizza joint who met him when he came in for some grub. Said he was pretty nice guy. I don’t like his music very much, but it’s always a cool little trivia tidbit when there is a celebrity living in town.

  69. haleyistheman00 says: Aug 23, 2011 9:36 PM

    considering b. flowers was with him im sure the players knew

  70. cowboysfan18 says: Aug 23, 2011 9:53 PM


    That may be the longest run-on sentence I have ever seen.

  71. 1fitz1 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:05 PM

    So what he took a day off. And he went to a good concert too

  72. realitypolice says: Aug 23, 2011 10:08 PM

    3menandablog says: Aug 23, 2011 7:13 PM

    Lil Wayne’s street cred just took a devastating blow.

    I think Lil Wayne may have emptied his street cred account when he appeared on “Around the Horn”.

  73. jbaxt says: Aug 23, 2011 10:28 PM

    @Oakland fan

    you know you’re an Oakland fan when you can’t spell Chiefs correctly. That and when you get you azzes kicked by 49er fans.

  74. bigdawg24 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:47 PM

    The Chiefs will suck this year, they already have a built im excuse that the lockout threw of their “process”.

    Just like they werent worried about Baldwins character issues.

  75. beatjoeunibrow says: Aug 23, 2011 11:04 PM

    the chiefs are going to get licked like some lollipops

  76. staffordsyear says: Aug 23, 2011 11:09 PM

    Rap has been dead for 10 years.

  77. pm58 says: Aug 23, 2011 11:19 PM

    Haley is one of those guys who loves to mention his ties to Bill Parcells. And maybe that’s the best barometer for this one: Would Parcells have left camp to attend a Lil Wayne concert?

    Do I even need to answer that?

    No! Parcells just leaves franchises altogether! After he quits on them and takes their money!

  78. d. b. cooper says: Aug 23, 2011 11:51 PM

    I will take this news for what it’s worth. Which is hilarious.

  79. digirootune says: Aug 23, 2011 11:56 PM


  80. turk2875 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:05 AM

    Lil Wayne is the worst rapper to ever pick up a microphone, and is a huge reason for hip-hops demise. I want my 90s rap back!!!!!!

  81. jrs1972 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:20 AM

    Dont know about anyone else but i’d stay at work just to avoid a rap concert!

  82. drgfri says: Aug 24, 2011 12:52 AM

    Maybe he can borrow Chris Johnson’s grill so he looks fly when he wags that finger at the stage…..

  83. 305hurricane says: Aug 24, 2011 12:55 AM

    Todd Haley listens to Weezy. Everything makes zoo much more sense now.

  84. lance19 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:49 AM

    As a Charger fan, I’ve already sent Todd
    tix for Playaz Circle and a couple of other
    acts…enjoy the shows, Todd!!! 🙂

  85. stampnhawk says: Aug 24, 2011 2:08 AM

    I think we now know the real reason why Charlie Weis was let go, he was more of a Ludacris kind of guy.

  86. phaktor333 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:19 AM

    But nobody whines about Bill Belichick hanging out with Bon Jovi all the time and going to his concerts during his off time. One of a head coach’s chief (no pun intended) duties is to delegate responsibilities to the staff. The days of George Allen living at the stadium are over; many coaches need to find time away from the game in order to rest their minds and avoid burnout. BTW, do we know if many of the players were at the concert as well? If I were a coach, I’d attend events (that are in decent taste) the players attend as a sign of support and team building. If the coach knows about a Weezie concert, believe me, the players knew about it well in advance.

  87. devrick says: Aug 24, 2011 2:58 AM

    Lil Wayne just shook his finger at Haley, and refused to shake his hand.

  88. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:32 AM

    Wow, Haley really struggles with putting a coherent sentence together.

  89. brientomas says: Aug 24, 2011 4:55 AM

    I can actually picture this douche enjoying the show. I can’t stand how he cries during games and I bet his schtick will get old to the players, he’ll be ran out of town soon enough.

  90. 1historian says: Aug 24, 2011 6:49 AM

    to give a hoot about any of this it is first necessary to be of the opinion that rap, or hop-hop or however you put it, is actually music


  91. frobaggins says: Aug 24, 2011 6:22 PM

    i still can’t believe this was actually written

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