An Emotional Andy Reid Addressed the Assembled Media, Which Of Course Asked a Few Stupid Questions

Andy Reid somehow went to work today. He somehow went to work just 24 hours after burying his oldest son, Garrett, who apparently lost a battle with drug addiction.

He tried to steer the conversation toward football. When he took the podium, he thanked the team, media and fans for the outpouring of support, which he said was humbling (a word he used a lot). After that, he listed the injuries and then, as usual, handed time over to the media.

Sitting at my computer, I cringed as this ball of unfortunate was now in the hands of one of the most overzealous groups of reporters in sports. For the most part, though, the questions hurled at Reid – all but one was related to Garrett – were fair and respectful. There were two WTFs that we’ll get to a minute, but here's some of what an emotioinal Reid said. Context isn’t needed.

“Alright. I’m a humble man standing before you. Very humble man. I’m humble because of the outpouring. Not only from the media, but from our football team, the fans. It was unbelievable. Unbelievable. I’m not sure you ever think that many people care, not that you go in that direction, but it’s a very humbling feeling, and I know my soon would feel the same. I think that’s about all I can say on that part and keep all that together.”

“It’s a sad situation. It’s one that my son’s been battling for a number of years. Our family’s been battling. That doesn’t mean you stop loving your son. That’s not what you do. So, you love them. I know a lot of families deal with this type of thing and, you know, it’s just a sad situation. Sad situation. On the other part of that, I praise my heavenly father of the support and the strength he’s given me to be able to work through this, and my family and my football family. That includes the National Football League, includes everybody in the National Football League [Roger Goodell, Bill Belichick, Mike Holmgren and many others from around the league were at Garrett’s funeral yesterday]. Includes you guys and ladies [in the media]. I know coming back and coaching is the right thing to do. I know my son wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” 

“So, with that, I move on and we’ll talk about the injuries.” 

“Those earthly emotions that you have, you deal with those. So you deal with the good and the bad. You remember the smiles, you remember the cries. So you deal with that. That’s part of life, you know? That’s part of life. I always tell the players, there are kind of four things you go about in life and how you approach it. One of them is eliminating distractions, the other one is creating energy. You fear nothing and you attack everything. That’s kind of how you go about life. Life’s going to throw you curveballs, you understand that. All of us. And you’re not going to bail. You’re going to stand in there and you’re going to keep swinging. And I think that’s very important.”

“Garrett’s always been that way since he was a kid. If there was a kid with a problem, he was always putting his arm around that kid and taking care of them. He cared about people and he just got caught up in a bad situation, man. Just terrible situation that effects a lot of people in this country. It’s like fighting a grizzly bear. It’s hard to win. It’s hard to win that.” 

There was much more from Reid, who answered many questions relating to how he was dealing with the situation. His voice cracked a few times (as you can see in the video), but he kept it together. He kept it together even when an idiot(s?) asked him the following questions:

In the statement, you talk about the long, eight-year struggle your family had been through with Garrett and concluded he had lost his battle to this demon of drug addiction. Where do you get that information from? Is that from the coroner or somebody else in authority? 

Reid: “Well listen, I’m not going to get into all that. I’m going to let all that takes its course. I mentioned what I mentioned.”

I’m not sure who, on the day after a father buries his son, with whom he was seemingly quite close, asks a question about where he got the information about the death from. I get that a concrete answer is needed to report something accurately, but questioning a father about his source on the cause of his son’s death is beyond offensive. It’s also very stupid.

Next, from what sounded like the same person, but I’m not sure at this point:

Andy, you often look at good things that sometimes arise out of tragedies like this [editor’s note: good point, we’ll assume he’s going in the direction of speaking out against drugs or Garrett’s death being a scared-straight situation for Britt Reid, who also has had his struggles with drugs] … do you feel this might somehow become a rallying point for the team? When things are tough, do it for Garrett?  

Fuck. No. He went the other way. He asked a win-one-for-Garrett question three days after Reid's son just died. Amazing.

I have a guess as to who asked that question and the other one, but I won’t speculate. Andy, however, should never answer a question from the person again. It was dumb, unnecessary and highly offensive. Rallying point? What the fuck is wrong with you? That’s the greatest positive to take out of this– winning some football games? Not bringing Reid’s family closer together, helping others who’ve battled addiction, or something else, you know, meaningful? Unbelievable. 

Anyway, Reid never wavered. He answered every question, at times struggling to keep it together, and went back to work.

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24 Responses

  1. No clue who it was. Credit to Reid for stating that the “positive” was helping OTHERS with the same problems. Great answer to a bad question.

  2. I really had some negative thoughts about Andy over the past few years and even though this doesn’t change any coaching decisions, I can’t help but to root for the guy and bury that “Fire Andy” chant that I have uttered recently. Seems like one of the nicest guys in the world and it shows with the support he got. I love the Eagles and I want them to bring home the Lombardi, but I can’t put that in front of how this makes me feel for Andy.

  3. Perhaps this shows a little insight to how pure of a person Reid is. He takes a beating for giving “fake positive” answers when in reality he’s just that type of person.

  4. I bet one, if not both, was asked by Les Bowen. I used to read a lot of his work until I started following him o Twitter. That guy portrays himself as more of a stalker than a legit reporter. Then again, Twitter lends itself to stalking, am I right?

  5. The rallying point question wasn’t dumb, just a lazy attempt at getting a rise or emotion from Reid.
    EVERYONE knew as soon as this guy’s death was announced that the team would rally around it.
    Whether internally or outspoken about it.

  6. You should have been invited, Kyle, since you’re such a better reporter than everyone at the press conference. Ass clown.

  7. Whoever asked the two questions should just be fired. What a hack.
    I think I heard Ashley Fox in there and I’m pretty sure her questions were responsible for at least 5 “humbles”.

  8. RE Blah: It wasn’t asked by Bowen, he was just on WIP and talked about how how he and most others there’s gasped when those questions were asked. Marcus Hayes on the other hand was interviewed on CSN the night of Garrett’s death and started speculating how the silver lining in all this was how it could bring Andy and the Fans together. Now there’s an insensitive idiot.

  9. I doubt it was Les. Anyway, I think we can all agree that Andy Reid is a good human being. This tragedy has put a lot of things in perspective for me, as far as Andy Reid’s job as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles goes. As another commenter pointed out, I also participated in a late season “fire Andy” chant at the Linc last year. Although Andy Reid has yet to bring a Lombardi trophy to Philadelphia, he has done a tremendous job with this organization. He has represented our City and football team in a very positive fashion. I forgot for a while that Andy Reid is a human being, and not just a football coach who’s sole purpose in life is to bring a Super Bowl to Philadelphia. I think he deserves more respect from this city as a man and as a football coach, and hopefully this personal tragedy of his can put these things into perspective for Eagles fans. Though it shouldn’t even matter right now, I never completely lost confidence that Andy could win the big game. And now I have a new found and stronger confidence more than ever that he can do it, after the tremendous committment he has shown to this organization, coming back to work just four days after his loss. He came back for everyone- his son, his family, coaches, players and fans.

  10. Speaking of these highly inapproptiate questions asked today, has anyone seen the comic strip put out today make by the Inquirer? Whoever allowed that to make it to print is a complete jackass.

  11. The questions and cartoon were not inappropriate or insensitive.
    It was poor reporting/editorializing but NOT inappropriate.
    Boy there sure are a lot of wishy washy assholes ’round here.

  12. No matter what sport , in the end it’s all just entertainment. I love the personal insights by reporters who think before they ask.
    ” Everytime we call it a game, you call it a business; everytime we call it a business, you call it a game….you’re all chickenshit cocksuckers”
    – “North Dallas Forty”

  13. i was told it was Marcus Hayes (would certainly fit the bill) but would love to get final word on who it was. Didn’t sound like Les Bowen or Jeff McClane at all.

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