Nonsense Begets Nonsense … Monday Cup O’Chiefs

I hesitated to write yet again on the subject of the altercation between Jonathan Baldwin and Thomas Jones.

Understand, that despite the big old cast Baldwin is now wearing on his right wrist/thumb, teammates fighting in the locker room is not an unusual occurrence in the National Football League. It’s not unusual in Major League Baseball or the National Basketball Association and especially not in the National Hockey League. Put any number of testorine fueled men in close quarters and there will be disagreements. Often, those issues will be settled in a physical manner. And, seldom does the news escape the walls of the locker room.

When it does, there really isn’t anything that the players and team can do about it. In today’s Twitter-fed world, with cell phones that take pictures and savvy operators that know how to make the internet sing, it’s silliness to attempt a cover-up or worse, pretend like it didn’t happen at all.

That’s what the Chiefs have done with the Baldwin-Jones case. The nonsense of the altercation beget the nonsense of how the organization has handled the situation, creating a big pile of steaming, smelly nonsense.

What the Chiefs have done is made the life ahead even harder for Baldwin as he tries to rebound both mentally and physically from an incident that certainly had to dent his pride.

The powers that be with the Chiefs that created the organization’s handling of this affair were Clark Hunt and his minions, along with GM Scott Pioli. They actually promised the media Friday evening in Baltimore – including their own television and radio networks – that the incident would be addressed after the game by the club.

But then the only guy that stood up in front of the cameras was head coach Todd Haley, and his initial reaction was to act like he didn’t understand the questions being asked of him. It was a silly reaction and all that did was hurt Haley’s credibility.

Where was Pioli or Hunt? They weren’t anywhere near microphones. They ran from the controversy, something they’ve done for the previous two years. They send Haley out to take the arrows.

What should the Chiefs have done? It’s simple, and doesn’t require some personal valet to write a script or for lengthy discussion on the situation between the owner and his hired help. Haley should have said Friday night what he’s said many times before, and even what he said on Sunday:

“There was an incident in our locker room this week. As a result of that Jonathan Baldwin was injured and did not play this evening. It’s a situation within our family so we’ll have nothing further to say about the details. Like all families, there are sometimes disagreements within the group and we certainly don’t like to see anyone physically hurt. But it’s happened with all the teams I’ve been around over the years. Like those other occasions, it’s been addressed and the team is moving forward.”

A statement like that won’t stop the media questions, but it takes all the air out of the situation and before very long, the scribblers, yakkers, hairdos and bloggers move on to other subjects.

By running away from the incident on Friday night, the Chiefs turned an easy to understand incident from the locker room into a controversy. They took a molehill and pumped it into a mountain — a mountain of steaming, smelly nonsense.

They also have made it harder for Baldwin. Anybody can understand a disagreement with a family member – we’ve all had those. But by saying nothing and allowing the Twitter-sphere and media to lead the information charge, Baldwin’s personality is called into question. He’s labeled a bad guy, when he could have been labeled a precocious younger brother who tussled with his big bro and it got out of hand.

Maybe Baldwin’s personality should be questioned? But it certainly should not come from a locker room disagreement that got out of hand. And for sure it should not come to him because the people he works for are without any common sense in handling this situation.

Remember when you were a kid and you would cover your eyes and you thought that made you invisible because you couldn’t see? That’s how the Chiefs approach things like the Baldwin-Jones fracas. Since Hunt and Pioli have taken control of the franchise, the club’s approach to dealing with the public and by extension the media is to ignore common sense, cover their eyes and pretend like they can’t be seen.

The question that must be asked is why? What is the goal of the organization in disseminating information to the ticket buying public? What is their responsibility for providing the media with information, the media that informs the fans that every sports team cultivates and hopes to turn into consumers of their product, whether it’s tickets, jerseys, hats or pennants?

Let’s start with that last question – the Chiefs don’t owe the media anything. But it’s in their best interest to cooperate with the media horde and to provide a level of information that’s true.

There are only two things that should be in play with sports teams and the media that covers them:

  • No. 1 – Be accurate. That goes for both sides.
  • No. 2 – Be fair. That goes for both sides as well.

While they should feel a responsibility to provide their fans with information, the Chiefs feel they can do it themselves with their website, TV network and radio network. Yet, they turn around and treat their own organizations like children, denying them information on the Baldwin-Jones situation on Friday night.

Why are the Chiefs acting in this manner? Some would call it arrogance. I think it’s more likely ignorance. When Hunt and Pioli took over the franchise in 2009, they proceeded to scrub clean the entire organization of talented and experienced people at all levels of the operation.

Neither Hunt nor Pioli had ever operated an NFL team before. Sometimes Lamar Hunt let his son hold the Chiefs steering wheel, and Pioli was in the shotgun seat next to the guy running the Patriots in Bill Belichick. But these guys have never been in charge and their lack of experience has shown itself in many different ways. Most especially, it’s evident in how they handle controversy. They turn molehills into mountains time-after-time.

Whether arrogance or ignorance, it will be forgiven if the team wins; that’s a fact of life.

They’d better win.

53 Responses to “Nonsense Begets Nonsense … Monday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • August 22, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    I’m sure most of you read the recent Mellinger column in the KC Star about the Chiefs needing to adjust their business model. I think what Bob addresses here is another important part of the equation Mellinger did not take into account.

    Since the Pioli/Haley team took over the franchise their handling of the public, the media, and especially the die-hard fans has been desasterous.

    Remember the Waters incident right at the beginning?

    Press conferences have become ridiculous – unless you wish to get lessons in how to say nothing while speaking for 30 minutes.

    Comments on the voice quality (hard to understand the questions asked even on have been ignored for 2 seasons – although both Josh Looney & Brad Young acknowledged the issue during their chats.

    Then remember the more than foolish ideas the brass (I can’t accept the notion that this was a STAFF decision) recently came up with:

    - The paycuts imposed on the staff during the lockout (Bob commented on that as well).
    - The fire brigade supposed to buy own their tickets after holding the flag for pre-game ceremonies.
    - The employees locked out from games after finishing their jobs in the parking lots etc.

    And all that surrounding a franchise which once was proud of its loyalty to players, employees, and fans.

    Ask any marketing folks and they will tell you that the best marketing startegy is to have the inside people carrying the message of a great franchise into the public. Ask any media guy and he/she will tell you that if the media are not fed enough information (which you can control) they will find their own (which you can’t).

    Looks like the Chiefs continue to ignore these very basic lessons anyone dealing with marketing and media should have learned during week one of his/her training.

    And now, after two years, you may see the effect of the whole thing on gamedays at Arrowhead when counting empty seats.

  • August 22, 2011  - Mark says:

    Sigh. Yet another Clark Hunt and Scott Pioli bashfest. We get it Bob. Your cronies, the ones that helped drag this franchise to the depths that Carl and Herm drug it to, have been cleaned out and you have to work for a living, as opposed to having stories fed to you. It’s your problem, and the media’s problem, not the fans. The ink stained wretches and bloggers will continue to make up things, as they always have, access or not.

  • August 22, 2011  - The Truth says:

    Wow two idiotic takes on something. Boohoo you write a blog and are dependant on them giving you something to write about to make money. The problem is even after they don’t give you anything to write about you decide to write about that.

    KC GUY no one cares that Waters got his feelings hurt…. Boohoo cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get over it! No one should care about press confrences or how they handle the media, we should care about winning. They are doing a lot more of it now than Peterson did who catered to your every move.

  • August 22, 2011  - BTW says:

    This must be number 50 on the awards for NFL blogs…. Seeing as your always crying and typing non stories about how they won’t give you the story. Bob there’s a site for you to check out fights and drama, it’s called use it, live it, love it!

  • August 22, 2011  - Anon says:

    Completely agree w/Mark and other comments here. This is ridiculous. We get it, Bob… you don’t like the way the front office handles these situations bec it makes your job harder. Seems to me, you and all your cronies in the media are the ones making a mountain out of a mole hill here. I couldn’t care less if they release a statement that says what we already know. Why does that matter? I don’t get it and these continuous rants just make you look childish. Members of the media sure have a different perspective of things… I guess that can’t be helped, but I’m pretty sure most of us fans aren’t upset about this stuff at all.

  • August 22, 2011  - Dave says:

    Bob, if you’re going to write about “nonsense”, why don’t you tackle the spreading meme about an angry Todd Haley chewing out John Harbaugh at mid-field after the game on Friday?

    Clearly, that didn’t happen. But the story has been allowed to spread unchecked, damaging Haley’s reputation. You could go a long way towards bringing some much needed sanity to things.

    The story of Haley supposedly crying about a preseason score has gotten a lot more play this weekend than the Baldwin thing, but you haven’t even touched it. I honestly wonder if you’re holding back because you like seeing Haley get ripped, even if it’s for something he didn’t do.

  • August 22, 2011  - ibub says:

    I too think the media get caught up in feeling they have rights and are some how being done wrong when not feed the information they wish. I read this site and others for football news, not for a soap opera series. There is plenty of that available.

    Bob,I love your take on football even though I don’t always agree. I feel you provide great information. Please stick to the football side and less drama. We all have plenty of our own and we come here to escape that stuff and read about what we love. FOOTBALL!!

  • August 22, 2011  - dinomight says:

    WOW Bob. How do you feel after all this bashing? Oh, you mean “what bashing?” You say that didn’t happen, you won’t talk about it? I understand ,Bob.

  • August 22, 2011  - brad says:

    Lay off Bob guys.

  • August 22, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Mark: quote: “Your cronies, the ones that helped drag this franchise to the depths that Carl and Herm drug it to …” Well, those cronies put butts into the seats even during bad seasons. Wonder why?

    The Truth: quote: “The problem is even after they don’t give you anything to write about you decide to write about.” True. Just as I said.

    The Truth (ctnd): quote: “No one should care about press confrences or how they handle the media, …” The media create the public image of a franchise. If you don’t care about that – don’t be surprised if you’re going to be ignored. BTW: You yourself obviously care about what the media say – see the quote above.

    Anon: quote: “Members of the media sure have a different perspective of things… I guess that can’t be helped, …” I sure hope they have a different perspective of things. Otherwise they would be franchise cronies.

    Anon (ctnd): quote: “… but I’m pretty sure most of us fans aren’t upset about this stuff.” I’m obvously not the majority here and I’m not really upset – but I’m thoroughly disappointed at how unprofessionally this franchise over the past 2 years handled media and PR relations. I consider that (amongst some other issues) as a lack of dedication to the fan base.

  • August 22, 2011  - Dan says:

    Bob, media should also be honest and admit they are upset with Chiefs for putting pressbox further away and selling the former pressbox area to paying fans

  • August 22, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    Bob; Don’t let the “bashers” on this website bother you. I can tell you that there are a ton of us guys out there that love your work. If they don’t like what you write, then WHY OH WHY DO THEY COME TO THIS SITE???? Keep up the great work and don’t let the few fools who like to bash you bother you. As far as the Baldwin/Jones incident it would have been nice to get some “clarity” on the whole thing. Their little “top secret” way of doing business is very child like.

  • August 22, 2011  - Petey says:

    You know Chuck, you ask a very good question that Mark and Anon seem to be somewhat confused about. If you don’t care about what Bob has to say, or the Chiefs for that matter, why do you come here? I come here and pay my premium because I WANT TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHIEFS AS I CAN. I for one don’t appreciate the lockdown that they have at 1 Arrowhead Drive because I want to know what is going on and it is a slap in the face to fans. Absolutely loved Hard Knocks a couple of years ago, you know why? Because I got inside information about my team, it’s what we all want or we wouldn’t be here (Sorry Mark, I forgot that I was less of a Chiefs fan because I don’t like training camp in Missera). Bob, keep asking the questions, fighting the fight and writing about what you see and hear even though it might not get you anywhere…this is why I pay for this site.

  • August 22, 2011  - Milkman says:

    I can’t speak for other fans, but I miss the excitement I used to feel leading up to the season opener every year. I used to read all the articles from all the assistant coaches (who have now got a gag order on them). I used to love to read all the articles about all the “bubble” guys in camp every year. I used to look forward to all of the past head coaches weekly press conferences. But now- everything is so rehearsed- even the player interviews- I rarely even read any of the stories or listen to any of Haley’s press conferences. Haley was on one of the national networks last week so I waited 20 minutes to watch it. I wish I had those 20 minutes back! He would make a great politician cause the whole time he was talking he didn’t say a thing. Carl Peterson made a LOT of mistakes, but one of them was not making all of the Chiefs loyal fans feel like they were not part of the “FAMILY” as Haley talks about so much. I will always love the Chiefs, it’s just hard to get excited about them anymore.

  • August 22, 2011  - Mark says:

    Sounds like a bitter reporter that is also frustrated about not getting enough info to write a story.

    Why don’t YOU tell the truth Bob. One, you never read these replies and two, you just can’t wait for these Chiefs to fail so you can tell them all how wrong they were….Thanks for your support.

  • August 22, 2011  - el cid says:

    Thanks KC_Guy, I only wish I could have said it nearly as well.

    The Chiefs site is only for those who wet their pants at any word Josh Looney says. Now we are getting guys the same way here. To bad, because I am not going anywhere. I am more than willing to call out Pioli or crew for odd actions, I do not agree with.

    Milkman, I have been saying since the end of the lockout similar things, again just not so well. No excitement, no expectation of great success. All I get is tough season, draft pick will be there at the end of the year, and usual crap from the go chiefs, in pioli we trust crowd and the accompanying you’re a hater but not recognizing the genius of Hunt’s management team. Well their marketing plan stinks, Arrowhead is not full, they make odd choices. The bottomline is always money and what did Hunt do with the millions he did not spend on the Chiefs (I know there was no one worth the money – more crap), oh, yeah, he invested in a pro sport, soccer.

    Well I spilt my bile and feel better. go chiefs.

  • August 22, 2011  - el cid says:

    I had a senior moment and forgot

    GO Mark, Anon, BTW – GO away. go chiefs

  • August 22, 2011  - Petey says:

    Mark, why are you here if you are so disappointed in the information that Bob provides? You’d probably be the first one in line to complain if he was providing nothing but Puppy and Sunshine, Chief colored glasses, reports

    PS, have you never seen the ‘Ask Bob’ segments?

  • August 22, 2011  - Rick says:

    Bob, as a premium subscriber for these past two years, I feel I must tell you, if you keep up the constant attacks on Clark, Scott and Todd, I won’t be renewing next season.

    At this point this is a non-issue, the Chiefs have decided to keep it in house, its over.

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  • August 22, 2011  - Petey says:

    Bob, as a premium subscriber for the past two years, I will keep on renewing as long as you keep asking the tough questions and fairly criticize when necessary.

  • August 22, 2011  - chewbone says:

    Darrius Heyward Bay the raider wr (bust so far) for Baldwin?

    Not likely, but we probably couldn’t trade Baldwin for a #2 pick at this point.

    I was ticked at Haley when he played dumb with Tiecher during the post game interview basically making adam have to as the question 3 times. Haley was playing dumb and at that particular moment it was a role he played very well!

    I next wanted to see if Mitch H. and Lenny had the “guts” to ask Haley in their post game “the coach” segment and they didn’t.

    If it wasn’t for guys like Bob trying to provide info, and lets give some credit to Tiecher as well for trying, this whole thing would be forgotten. I know many folks hated Whitlock, but I for one would have loved to have read his article about this event.

  • August 22, 2011  - leo says:

    KCGUy: Quit being such a arrogant ass. Everyone who read this site has a right to an opinion. You must also be a Tea Bagger. Love or leave it mentality. I agree with the dissenters. The Baldwin story is a non story. Just because the Hacks are angry , and are trying to make a big deal about it, does not make it so. Like BOB himself said, Fights happen. As for making life more difficult fot Baldwin, I bet that is the idea. You don’t have time for this crap, and he has to grow up quick. I hope he responds positively, if not it is his lost. Every year with the KC hacks , they Pander to the whiners, and sadly KC your are now one of them. What should the Chiefs talk to the Hacks, all they do is attack ,ad try to distract, and create turmoil. BoB used to be the voice of reason. I have enjoyed his articles, and I remeber when you same whiners attacked him for being a Chiefs mouthpiece. Well that is over now. He has to sell himself. Sadly he is selling himself. I will continue to read Bob, and visit this site, and no one especially you KC will deter me from doing so.

  • August 22, 2011  - JP says:

    Pete, there is “fairly criticized” and than there is beating a dead horse. I have also been around for a couple of years, but stopped commenting back in the Rin days. Bob does great work and is generally second to none with his analysis of our favorite team. I would hope that is why most of us are here. However, it gets a little ridiculous when we spend more time discussing a locker room fight than the action on the field. I’m just trying to pretend that I’m reading a football column and not something from TMZ.

  • August 22, 2011  - rufus says:

    I agree with you, Bob. But it doesn’t make a lick of diff these days. Corporations “internally” shut us up all the time these days, it’s the norm. What did BP do? How about the prez and Bailout fever? Exxon Valdez? Enron? Hell, the NFL doesn’t have to break rank. Not for you, not for anyone. It’s the norm. Americans are no longer ‘entitled’ to the truth. hehe..

    Bottom line, though, is what you say – win and it’s no problem.

  • August 22, 2011  - Jason says:

    I have no problem with the Chiefs not airing their business.

  • August 22, 2011  - Scott L says:

    Wow. This comes off as petty and childish. Carl’s not around to hold your hand anymore Bob. All you seem to do these days is bitch about how the administration won’t tell you anything. If you’re that sick of Clark Hunt and his “minions”, go find something else to write about.

  • August 22, 2011  - Eddie says:

    I’m generally a big fan of your football-related posts. Keep up that good work.

    However, whining about a lack of access to a locker room incident is beneath you. Stories about who said what or who did or didn’t giggle in the corner reek of National Enquirer priorities and reporting.

    And here’s a pre-emptive BS shout-out to anyone who says this is a very important story because it speaks to team chemistry. The players shouldn’t be subject to our scrutiny 24-7, and I’d personally prefer that what happens inside the locker room when press aren’t invited stays in the locker room.

    I know your editors want you to make the big splashy, but muckraking doesn’t suit you.

    Let it go, and talk about football.

  • August 22, 2011  - leo says:

    Please do not put Whitlock in any sentemce with Bob. Whitlock is an ass, and never had his facts straight. Bob, always has his facts straight. That is why it is so disaapointing to see him harping on this non issue. It is a dead horse.
    I too will continue to renew my subscription, cause despite a few gripes, Bob is still the best at reporting the Chiefs.

  • August 22, 2011  - Michael says:

    How bout some of you get a life and quit crying because Bob has a job to do which is report and write his point of view on activities and events going on with the chiefs. Go do something with your life, 40-60 year old men crying over how Bob writes is pathetic

  • August 22, 2011  - Petey says:

    JP, you and I can agree to disagree then because this is a story and it is important and I for one would love to know what happened. But, I would settle for our team’s leaders to at least acknowledge that something happened and that’s the problem I have, they acted and pretended like we are too stupid or unimportant enough to understand. If Haley would have said exactly what Bob wrote, we would have moved on, but when someone try’s to keep something so secretive, it makes you want to know even more. I think Bob is more than justified to call it likes he sees it (on his OWN site, I might add) every occasion that it happens. The Chiefs might want it to become the norm, but it doesn’t mean it has to be accepted.

  • August 22, 2011  - Haley's Ego says:

    I guess I’m in the minority…but I think Bob’s take is pretty spot on.

    Haley could have addressed the situation without giving all the gory details. By acting stupid about it, he LOOKED stupid. I don’t like our Head Coach looking stupid. I was hoping that ended with the Herm Edwards era.

    I’m still trying to like Haley. But, things like this make it tougher.

    The “brass” can obviously do what they want. But this zipped-lip policy on all things Chiefs will not win or lose ball games. Hopefully, they will realize this at some point…and un-pucker their collective holes a little bit.

  • August 22, 2011  - Mushmouth71 says:

    Ugh, the only nonsense is coming from the people still talking about this. I think I’ll stop reading your site for awhile. E-mail me when you’ve stopped whining.

  • August 22, 2011  - David says:

    Bob, I love your work, but this is rather unbecoming. This boils down to KC beat reporters repeatedly asking the Chiefs if they will explain what happened in the locker room between Jones and Baldwin, and the Chiefs responding, in one form or another, “What part of NO don’t you understand?” Haley’s Friday words were not well chosen, but by Sunday, he had articulated the standard “no-comment about family business” party line with great precision and clarity. As is his and the team’s right. The most that can be said is that the Coach gave a sloppy answer on Friday night after a game, which he didn’t clean up until 36 hours later.

  • August 22, 2011  - Brandon says:

    It’s all about creating a mystique. They dont care about how we feel, they dont care about how the players feel about it either, and they definitely dont care how the media percieves them. What they want is to be legitimate, to be known for something other than losing. This is the Patriot way all day and it will not end as long as Pioli is here, get used to it.

  • August 22, 2011  - JP says:

    Petey and Haley’s Ego (creative name),

    I’m not disagreeing with Bob necessarily. Just the fact that it has occupied so much of the site. Like I said I’m a huge fan of Bob and think he “was” the strongest link on the radio broadcast of the Chiefs. I understand he has a job to do and I R e s p e c t that almost as much as Aretha. His anti-establishment commentary is understood and agreed with…but enough already.

    Perhaps I just need some real games and some real discussion about real games?

    Love the Herm Edwards comment….

  • August 22, 2011  - Petey says:

    You’re probably right JP…we just need to start the games already.

  • August 22, 2011  - Kiowa says:


  • August 22, 2011  - True Red & Gold says:

    Some of you may not care but the Chiefs are not very fan friendly and about that Bob is RIGHT!

  • August 22, 2011  - Danny W says:

    I’m personally glad Gretz is a call like he see’s guy. If you disagree disagree but dont call his character in it. Calling him a whiner come on! No he’s not a lap dog he’s bieng a watch dog. Some of you are the type that would stand by and watch some evil commie dictator ruin a good free country such as this one because the media should just stay out of it and mind thier own business right? If anything I would be willing to bet 100 bucks this spurred more comments than anything else posted in at least a month.

    Great Article Bob they do play games with the fans through the media, the Chiefs brass thinks thier the CIA or something, I think every one remebers the Charlie Wiess debacle they handled that horribly as well. Clark is running the show into the ground and alot of folks get upset when the brass gets called on thier stupidity.

  • August 22, 2011  - TRUEGRIT says:

    Hey Bob, you are about to start charging for information about the Chiefs, they play football, do you think we care if you have a pimple on your ass?

    Jack Stack is arguably the best BBQ in KC, should we care if a couple waiters/waitresses slugged it out or is the most important thing the quality of the product? Maybe they should tell you their recipes, that would make their food better huh…

    None of this will mean crap when our Chiefs win the Super Bowl….

  • August 22, 2011  - TDKC says:

    Well Bob you got people’s attention on this one. Lots of comments/venom.

    I for one appreciate your honesty.

  • August 22, 2011  - ED says:

    Bottom line is this is non story. Fans could care less about lockroom drama unless it leads to someone getting seriously hurt. Like a shooting or someone going jail a little locker room brawl who cares. I miss the good ole days where the media cared more about what was going on the field than off it. If I wanted to hear or watch drama I would sit down with my girlfriend and watch shows like basketball wives or one of the other reality shows that come on MTV or VH1. I don’t watch none that crap because I could careless about someone else life and drama I have my own to deal with.

    So please Bob kill the story about Baldwin fans really could careless we want to hear about football and whats going on with team in terms of how guys are developing and things of that nature off the field stuff leave that for the TMZ of the worlds.

  • August 22, 2011  - Petey says:

    ED…I think if you read the comments above, you will see differently. Fans DO care about it.

  • August 22, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I really miss the days when you did the radio game days. The pre-game was unbelievably great listening to on the drive down from Des Moines. I listened on headphones during games to hear your sideline reports and Lenny. Post game was very good. Now the pregame is so weak we switch back and forth between WHB and the Fox. The radio is so delayed during the game I just can’t listen, so I miss Lenny (and you).
    I will always belong to your site out of loyalty, I just worry about you being shut out because of the hard line you take on Clark—Pioli/Haley.
    It’s tough to criticize moves when it took Pioli/Haley only 2 years to give us a Division title after Herm scorched the earth.
    I do agree that being overly secretive looks silly

  • August 23, 2011  - Danny W says:

    If you dont want opinions dont read a blog. Go to and get your fix there is all that should be said. I like Josh Looney but he is a puppet and Bob isnt.

  • August 23, 2011  - Eddie says:

    “They also have made it harder for Baldwin. Anybody can understand a disagreement with a family member – we’ve all had those. But by saying nothing and allowing the Twitter-sphere and media to lead the information charge, Baldwin’s personality is called into question.”

    Subtext: Adam and I should be the ones crafting this rookie’s public perception, not the other guys. My opinion: You should be focusing on his performance in practice and in games.

    “He’s labeled a bad guy, when he could have been labeled a precocious younger brother who tussled with his big bro and it got out of hand.”

    Subtext: What’s important is how the players are labeled, not their performance in practice and in games.

    Please, please leave the relationships and rumors to the twitter-sphere and get back to journalism.

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