Chiefs coach Haley apologizes for no handshake

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City coach Todd Haley apologized today for refusing to shake hands with Denver coach Josh McDaniels after the Chiefs’ blowout loss the day before.

Haley, who’s generally done a good job this season of holding his temper in check, made a single comment to McDaniels as the Denver coach held out his hand after the Broncos’ 49-29 victory in Denver. Haley pointed his finger at him, turned and stomped away without shaking.

In his opening remarks to reporters today, Haley offered his apology before he was asked about the incident which instantly became a hot topic around the league.

“It sounds like it’s become a big deal and I do want to apologize for me not shaking Josh’s hand after the game,” he said. “I do believe in doing what’s right and that was not right. Probably let the emotions of the situation get me too much. And I apologize. I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh.”

Haley declined to say what upset him.

“I don’t think that’s necessary to get into it,” he said. “I think it’s very necessary that I let everybody know that I would do that over again at the end, and it wasn’t the right thing to do.”

He said he had not contacted McDaniels to personally apologize.

“I felt like, again, communicating to the majority, and anybody that was watching it, to let them know how I felt and I think that’s what’s important,” he said.

Audio of the brief exchange between the two was provided to The Associated Press by WDAF-TV in Kansas City. McDaniels does not speak but Haley can clearly be heard saying as he pointed at the Denver coach and turned to walk away, “There’s a lot of (expletive) being talked about you.”

The incident inflamed Broncos fans and is certain to be front and center among Chiefs followers when the Broncos visit Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 5.


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