A reader of deadspin.com sent this news to the site on Wednesday, claiming that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley signed an autograph on a bar napkin for him the night before the team took on the Tennessee Titans.
Apparently Haley, his wife and kids have been staying at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania while their house is being refurbished, according to PFT, so that explains what he was doing there.
Per Deadspin reader Joe: ‘I was at a wedding reception near Upper St. Clair, PA (Fort Couch Rd.) on Saturday 9/7/13. The reception ended around 11pm and naturally a bunch of us wanted to keep drinking. Earlier in the evening, completely by chance, I found out that a few other friends of mine were at a wedding reception at the Crowne Plaza hotel, also in Upper St. Clair (Fort Couch Rd.). From the church that I was at, the hotel is no more than 1,000 feet away. Once the reception ended, I texted my buddy to tell him that we were going to come over and crash the reception that he was at. We arrived sometime after 11pm and immediately headed for the lobby where I located my buddy. We had a couple beers and then the reception he was at finally ended around midnight. Everyone then proceeded to the hotel bar that is outside near the pool.
Once there we headed for the bar and ordered some drinks. After a few minutes my friends and I noticed a man standing in the corner wearing a white hat and black long sleeve shirt. After a few seconds we realized that without a doubt it was Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley. Immediately hysteria ensued between all of us drunken sports fans. After a few minutes of scrambling around to find something for him to autograph I found a white bar napkin and headed towards him. I approached him giving him some story of how my fiancee’s dad has been a huge fan since he was Head Coach of his favorite football team, the Kansas City Chiefs. He said thanks, and then proceeded to sign the napkin with his name and the phrase; “Go Steelers!” “Chiefs Suck!” I thanked him numerous times and then asked if I could buy him a drink (he had a Bud Light in front of him). He said no thanks, but the woman he was with told me that I could buy her one. Having no idea who she was I said, “heck no” and walked away. By this time it was around 12:30am.
Haley acknowledged the story Thursday, calling it a non-issue and just a little joking around, nothing more (via ESPN):
“It was no disrespect to the Chiefs. I wrote what I did in jest. I’ve never at any time said anything negative about the team that gave me a chance to be a head coach. It was between myself and the [fan], and we laughed. That was it. There was no other incident. I wrote something about my former team that I probably shouldn’t, so there was no incident. I was very surprised when I came to work this morning that it was an issue.”