From M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
The trip to Baltimore did not start with good news when it became known that first-round draft choice Jonathan Baldwin suffered a wrist injury during a locker room fight with teammate Thomas Jones in the finals days of the team’s training camp stay in St. Joseph.
That’s not the type of news that any coach wants to hear, but especially not when Todd Haley has put so much time and effort into what he calls team building.
Acknowledgement of the altercation did not come from Haley or the organization. As has been their pattern in the previous two years, they publicly pretend that nothing happened. So there was no explanation of what may have caused the tussle.
“Jonathan Baldwin did not play tonight due to injury,” Haley said when asked about the situation. “As I say in here a bunch, that’s the extent of what I’m going to talk about.”
Haley was asked if there was an altercation involving Baldwin and Jones.
“As with many things on our team, we fall into the family business category,” Haley said. “I’ll talk about the guys that were out there tonight and playing and trying to get better.”
Jones was not willing to talk about the incident either.
“At this point, I’m just focused on this game and how we played,” Jones said. “If it’s not a football question, there’s nothing to answer. If it’s not a football question, I’m not interested in answering.”
Other Chiefs waved away questions about what happened between Baldwin and Jones.
“It’s family business,” said SS Eric Berry. “It’s not something that anybody is going to talk about outside the family.”
But there’s no doubt that the Chiefs and Baldwin face a long road of rehabilitation for his wrist and his reputation, whether the organization wants to acknowledge the situation or not.