It generally seems like a bad idea to bring up a coach’s son’s death as proof of that coach’s failures, but that sure didn’t stop Kansas City’s Sports Radio 810 WHB host Kevin Kietzman from doing just that Monday. Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid’s son Garrett died in 2012 from a heroin overdose, while Reid’s son Britt has also served time in prison on gun and drug charges. Somehow, Kietzman (who’s in his 20th year as the host of WHB mid-day show Between The Lines) managed to blame Reid for his sons’ issues, and also compare his alleged lack of discipline there to the Chiefs not yet cutting Tyreek Hill (who’s meeting with NFL investigators this week, something Kietzman broke the news of on WHB’s website) after a child abuse investigation. Here’s audio of Kietzman’s comments from Boston radio station WEEI’s Off Day Podcast:
Here’s KC radio host Kevin Kietzman comparing Andy Reid’s inability to discipline players like Tyreek Hill to his inability to discipline his family—Reid’s son Garrett OD’d on heroin and died in 2012 and his son Britt has served time in prison for gun and drug charges. pic.twitter.com/sE3luQKSAI
— The Off Day WEEI.com (@OffDayPod) June 24, 2019
“The thing is, they probably think they can fix him, but they thought they could fix him before and they failed. Andy Reid does not have a great record of fixing players. He doesn’t. Discipline is not his thing. It did not work out particularly well in his family life, and that needs to be added to this, as we’re talking about the Chiefs. He wasn’t real great at that either. He’s had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players.”
“He is not good at fixing people, he is not good at discipline. That is not his strength. His strength is designing football plays. To be honest, Andy Reid’s greatest strength is designing football offenses and plays. That’s his greatest strength. Players like him, sure, he’s a leader, I’m not saying he’s not a leader, his greatest strength is designing football plays. And that’s gotten him a long way, but that doesn’t mean he’s qualified to discipline players, or help them, or change them, or make them better.”
Talking about player issues with the Chiefs is one thing, including with Hill and with Kareem Hunt before him. But bringing Reid’s family into this feels like crossing a line. First off, unequivocally blaming a father for one son’s death from an overdose and another one’s imprisonment is quite a take, especially without providing further evidence that Reid did anything wrong. And that really doesn’t seem too connected to the Hill situation, which is still in flux with that NFL investigation and with a child services investigation still ongoing (although the criminal investigation is no longer active). If Kietzman wants to argue that the Chiefs should cut Hill, fine, but comparing that to Reid’s family’s personal issues is quite a stretch.[The Off Day on Twitter]
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