It’s time for Chiefs “owner” Clark Hunt to dispense with all the carefully-worded, written statements, come out of hiding and communicate openly with Chiefs fans face-to-face.
That’s how his father, Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt played the game.
Lamar Hunt was an open book when it came to dealing with the public and the media. He made himself available for interviews by phone and or in person on a regular basis. He actually took or returned reporter’s phone calls.
When Hunt’s Wizards won the MLS Cup he even agreed to allow me into his owners’s box at RFK Stadium to take photos, notes and ask questions for the entire game. When the Wizards won, I followed him one-on-one down to the field to celebrate with the team and into the locker room afterwards.
There was none of this control freak secrecy that’s marked the Clark Hunt’s tenure at the team the past six years since Lamar died.
Lamar understood that for an out-of-town owner to bond with Kansas Citians, he needed to be up front and let locals get to know him – or at least feel like they did.
Does anybody in Kansas City – the sports media included – truly feel like they have anything approaching an open relationship with Clark Hunt?
Remember when Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer left town under a cloud following his high profile alleged affair with a waitress at Tanner’s in Overland Park?
The Chiefs didn’t take the hush-hush, press release statement approach to the extremely awkward, difficult situation. They met it head on for all to see and took questions from the media at a live event.
Contrast that with the firing today of Chiefs GM Scott Pioli.
What did we get?
A phony-baloney written statement from Clark saying Pioli has been an “invaluable” member of the Chiefs since his arrival in 2009.
Anybody who thinks Pioli’s woeful track record here is “invaluable” would have to be an idiot. Would Hunt have uttered those words before a gallery of reporters who might ask him to explain how Pioli had been “invaluable?”
I’ve known Norma Hunt for more than 30 years and can’t think of a single area of managing the Chiefs she’s ever been involved with. She’s a former school teacher.
Was she the one who oversaw the hiring of Pioli?
Is she the one – as Hunt’s widow – who now wears the corporate pants by virtue of having inherited the team? Where were her written statements?
It’s high time for Clark Hunt to step up and start acting like the owner of an NFL team if he intends to be taken seriously.
And stop hiding behind press releases.