Scott Pioli took over as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, and since then has been reportedly running a "paranoid" organization with allegations of phone tapping and listening in on conversations, according to a revealing look at the inner-workings of the team written by columnist Kent Babb for The Kansas City Star.
The piece, which was originally ran in January of 2012, made waves initially for its detailing of Pioli as a micromanager and was rehashed by Babb on Wednesday in an interview as he leaves Kansas City for The Washington Post.
In the interview with The Pitch, Babb lists the piece, titled "Arrowhead Anxiety," as one of his prized stories:
"Even then, I had no idea it would have the reach and legs it has had," Babb said of the piece. "It's unbelievable how many people have read that story and know what it's about. I still feel unbelievably comfortable with the facts of that story. It was a really unique look into what amounts to a $1 billion private company."
Babb continued in discussing Pioli, describing him as someone very in-tune with what is being said about him.
"Scott Pioli is the gift that keeps on giving," Babb said. "He can't not listen. He can't not read. He can't not care. I've never covered anybody who cares more about what is written about him."