League not investigating bugging claims at Chiefs headquarters

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  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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Buried amidst the hoopla of the divisional playoffs last weekend was an eyebrow-raising report in The Kansas City Star detailing some very serious accusations about life behind closed doors at Chiefs headquarters.

According to a report, Todd Haley was one of many ex-employees who thought the Chiefs' facility was bugged.
According to a report, Todd Haley was one of many ex-employees who thought the Chiefs' facility was bugged. (John Rieger/US Presswire)

According to the report, a culture of fear and paranoia has developed since Scott Pioli was hired as general manager in 2009, including claims of wire-tapping and room bugging. The suspicions were held by many former employees of the organization, including former coach Todd Haley.

One former high-ranking staffer said the level of paranoia "was probably the highest that I had ever seen it anywhere." Haley -- who wasn't quoted in the story -- reportedly stopped talking on his personal cell phone during the past year -- fearing it to be bugged -- and repeatedly checked his office for listening devices.

Obviously, this is hugely inflammatory stuff, but the NFL said Wednesday it's not investigating the situation at this time.

“The Chiefs have notified us that these claims are completely false and no such allegations have been made to our office,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ProFootballTalk.com.

The Kansas City Star interviewed more than two dozen people for its report, but it appears none have taken their concerns up the food chain at this time. If that does happen, it could lead to some very interesting days on Arrowhead Drive.

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