Chiefs react to lockout

The Kansas City Chiefs have released a statement regarding the NFL’s decision to lock out the players.

The team made it clear it fully supports the league in the lockout and it wants the sides to continue mediation. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt participated in some of the negotiations. All Kansas City employees, including general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley, will be subject to pay cuts if there is an extensive lockout.

Here is the statement:

"The Kansas City Chiefs still believe the fastest way to a fair agreement is through the mediation process. While we are disappointed that the union walked away from the clubs’ offer to split the difference and meet them in the middle, we remain confident that we can and will reach a deal that is good for the game.

After a season that began with Monday Night Magic at the grand opening of the New Arrowhead, and culminated in a division championship, we are more focused than ever on improving every area of our team. We know there will be football in the future -- and we have already started to plan for the 2011 season. Our football staff is continuing its preparation for the NFL Draft and our business operations staff is using fan feedback to make the Arrowhead experience the best in the NFL.

We have great respect for our fans and our season ticket holders, and are committed to communicating openly and directly with them as we work to reach a long-term agreement with the players that is fair to everyone who loves this game."