Jim Doyle: Warriors accompanied by police during celebrations

By Sam Hewat

The Warriors end of season celebrations will be under heavy watch by management says CEO Jim Doyle. Photo / Getty
The Warriors end of season celebrations will be under heavy watch by management says CEO Jim Doyle. Photo / Getty

There's something about end-of-season celebrations in professional sports that continues to be clouded in a veil of mystery.

For the Chiefs, however, that's no longer the case.

Since their veil was lifted, and the story spiraled out of control, sporting clubs around the country have been forced to re-think how they go about their offseason antics with Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle assuring the public that the Warriors will not be the next team to fall short.

Speaking to Tony Veitch on Newstalk ZB, Doyle said their end of year festivities were so rigorously monitored by the club that even the smallest details were taken care of.

"One of the things we talk about internally is the brand and reputation and not damaging that, and sponsors, who are a part of that organisation," Doyle said.

"So you make sure you know a significant amount of the detail from start to finish."

Doyle said when the Warriors held end of year functions, it was always a private affair with only players invited.

No members of the public or other players are allowed to attend, and all Warriors players are banned from using mobile phones. A trend seen most commonly in the United States when players' mobile devices are turned in at the start of the night.

Doyle also said the club would approach law enforcement to help protect players who wanted to take celebrations late into the night.

"We might ask an off-duty police officer or two to go with the players if they do want to go into town," he said.

"You've got to make sure it's extremely well managed. You've got to make sure that it's really private, that the players are very aware.

"We manage each different eventuality of what can take place."

Even taxi cabs were placed under heavy scrutiny.

Doyle said they wouldn't let players take private cabs, but would call on people they trust to come and pick the players up.

Steps the club will continue to take as they know they are constantly in the spotlight both on and off the field.

- NZ Herald

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