A Kansas City radio host is doing some world-class backtracking today after making national headlines for rehashing the worst incident of Andy Reid’s life.
When talking about Tyreek Hill’s possible return to the Chiefs at the beginning of training camp following dropped child abuse charges, Sportsradio 810 WHB host Kevin Kietzman alluded to Andy Reid’s late son to highlight the coach’s perceived ineptitude as a disciplinarian.
“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. That needs to be added to this, as we’re talking about the Chiefs. He wasn’t really 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.”
Reid’s son, Garrett, died of a heroin overdose in 2012 at Eagles training camp, where he had been assisting the Eagles strength and conditioning coach. Investigators found Garrett slumped over in a chair next to a “used syringe, spoon and 19 vials of an unknown liquid substance in his room, along with many unused needles and syringes.”
Kietzman’s statement was as idiotic as it was out of line. Claiming that some good old fashioned discipline is the antidote to addiction is as simplistic a viewpoint as humanly possible.
Kietzman did his best “that’s not what I meant!” act, but it just didn’t square up with his comments.
Kietzman eventually took responsibility of his comments (somewhat) by apologizing to the Reid family on air.
The station then announced Kietzman would be taken off the air indefinitely as it reviews the matter.