We have an early candidate for story of the year on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kent Babb of the KC Star takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at the working environment of those at One Arrowhead Drive under the leadership of owner Clark Hunt, GM Scott Pioli and team president Mark Donovan and the result is this piece, which includes interviews with over 24 current and former employees.
I want to block quote, like, the entire thing here because it's all very, very interesting stuff. But the highlight of it for me is that some employees, including Todd Haley, were paranoid and believed that the culture created at Arrowhead was one of fear, intimidation and secrecy.
For emphasis: Todd Haley, the head coach of the team, thought the facility was bugged and that his personal cell phone had been tampered with.
The Chiefs, as you can read in the story, deny that's the case.
Head over to the Star and read the whole thing. There are some good things said in there by both current and former employees, too, to be fair. Talking to over 24 former and current employees and I'd say you have a some credibility in what you write, a lot of it. Of course, the other side of that is that some of these employees who were quoted were fired so their perspective would be skewed.
But the overall working environment described by the employees quoted by Babb....well, let's just say I'm glad it's only me and Callie the dog working here at the Arrowhead Pride world headquarters.