Steelers OC Todd Haley Calls Deadspin Report A Non-Issue And Denies Using Slur

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley answered questions Thursday during his talk with the media concerning a Wednesday report published by about an alleged run-in he had at a bar in the Crowne Plaza hotel late Saturday night.

According to the report, Haley had a confrontation with a group of fans at a bar after being heckled. In a letter to Deadspin, one of those persons in the group claimed Haley at one point asked, “Why do you have to be so gay?”

Haley said Thursday that he was surprised to find out earlier in the morning that such a big deal was being made about the encounter and went as far to call it a non-issue.

“My wife, my family and I are staying in a hotel until we close on our new house,” started Haley. “We went down to have a couple appetizers, and like I always do, I got asked for autographs, and the guy said, ‘I’m a huge Steelers fan.’ So, I signed it ‘Go Steelers.’ And then he said, ‘No, not really. I’m a Chiefs fan.’ So, I wrote what I did in jest. It was funny. It was no disrespect to the Chiefs.”

As far as the accusation that he used the word “gay”, Haley denied he said that went asked Thursday.

“There was no incident. I had no conversation other than talking about or writing what I wrote,” he said.

In the letter to Deadspin, the person who wrote it admitted that one of the members of the group was “completely hammered” and that he started yelling things at Haley once he recognized him, such as, “Roethlisberger isn’t going to like this” and “Hey, Haley, what plays are you calling tomorrow?”

Unless there is video of Haley doing or saying something that he shouldn’t have, this is indeed a non-issue, but one that will likely be discussed for a few more days. It sounds like Haley was just trying to enjoy a beer in a bar with his wife and I am sure that he is not the only coach that has done that the night before a game.

As far as Haley writing what he did about the Kansas City Chiefs on the autographed bar napkin, he addressed that as well on Thursday.

“I wrote something about my former team that I probably shouldn’t [have]. There was no incident,” he said.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Here comes the PC police along with the Huffington Post, Todd. The lights are flashing. When they pull you over, just say you meant it literally and in the context of “happy”. Why do you have to be so happy?

  • Mkeller

    What a nonstory. People need to relax.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am sure that if every report about a athlete or coach not be the most friendly person in the world hit the news we would be doing nothing else. I ran into Brian Urlacher in a mall once and had my daughter with me and she wanted his autograph so we tracked him down. He wasn’t pleasant and seemed a little bit upset at it but he did sign it and went on his way. These story can be heard everyday.

  • costanza2k1

    The big issue is the Pitt media getting wood over this. Even bigger is fans questioning why he was having a beer. Drama queens

  • pittsburghjoe

    I don’t blame Urlacher. People think they are entitled to get an autograph. I say leave him alone.

  • Crazy Bone

    If Arians had done it Rooney would want him fired.

  • PA2AK

    Rooney need to get off his damn high horse anyways. I love character, but this team was literally built on gambling. Our golden years were won with a team that was heavy on the cocaine…especially on their road to multiple superbowls…even partying the night before! It’s the NFL. They are freaks that will typically come with baggage. We can wait for a team full of heaths troys and kiesels till the end of time…but if you want to win you are going to have to put up with some guys that are rough around the edges.

  • KenNYSteelerFan

    What the flying Fuck are you talking aboutk

  • Jason

    I’ve read many reports of Urlacher being a jerk including one where he asked MMA legend Baas Rutten if he wanted to “take it outside” after Rutten accidently bumped into him at a club. Of course Urlacher had no idea who Rutten was and after being advised by his cronies that he had bitten off more than he could chew he reconsidered.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I understand that athletes are being approached by fans all the time but once you sign a contract to be a NFL player you are also signing up for that as well. If you do not like the attention then do not play pro football. I wouldn’t go up to him in certain situations but this wasn’t one of them.