Kansas City Radio Host Getting Dragged for Comments About Andy Reid’s Family

Andy Reid in Kansas City
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Not a great 24 hours for Kevin Kietzman of Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City, who drew a parallel between Tyreek Hill’s ongoing legal issues and Andy Reid’s personal family problems. Hill is currently suspended from Chiefs team activities while a child abuse investigation takes place. Andy’s son Garrett died in 2012 of a heroin overdose and Britt served prison time on drug and gun charges

Kietzman seemed to lump those scenarios together as he delivered this on the radio, explaining that Andy Reid “is not good at fixing people” –


“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.”

Alright, listen, I don’t think this was delivered in a horribly offensive way; I think it was rather straightforward with an appropriately serious tone. But I think we can all agree that it’s probably best to not reference the struggles that somebody has had in their immediate family, yes? Especially when that includes the death of a child, yes? Probably good to not go down that road at all.

Here’s what Kietzman said late last night, in response to the backlash, after the jump:

Kietzman elaborated on those tweets in an email to Awful Announcing, which reads, in part:

I was commenting the Chiefs, as they always do, seem to think they can fix players. The owner was criticized, management criticized and Andy Reid was criticized. They asked our city to trust them with these players after we have already witnessed abuse cases and a murder/suicide in the parking lot of the practice facility. Many national outlets have chronicled the Chiefs embarrassing record with players committing crimes against others.

I never once mentioned anything about Andy Reid’s son’s death and never once had it on my mind. A caller called in later and said something about the death and I quickly corrected him and pointed out that I was referencing two sons that were convicted drug dealers and drug addicts that he chose to try to fix by hiring them to work for his football teams.

When Reid decided to hire his sons to try to help them, it ceased being a personal, private matter in my opinion. When a tax payer supported football team hires convicted felons, it is absolutely worthy of scrutiny. Andy Reid has hired several convicted criminals in his career and asked fans to trust him. Some have worked out, many have not. He’s also taken chances on players that somehow drop in the draft because other teams are scared to draft them and he’s going to work it all out

I understand what Kietzman is saying, though he could have helped himself on the radio if he specifically mentioned that he wasn’t talking about Garrett Reid’s death, but about Britt and Spencer working for Andy instead. He didn’t do that, and just said “It did not work out particularly well in his family life,” which would leave the door open for people to think that included the heroin overdose back in 2012.

Anyway, the response in Philadelphia was exactly what you thought it would be:

I’m sure we’ll get more on this story later in the week. Stand by!

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9 Responses

  1. Typical sports radio idiocy. Missanelli, Eskin, Cataldi etc..

    Say something to trigger people when the phones are slow. Never completely say what you are trying to say……

    Similar to the lightening rod issues – Missanelli wears this stuff out. Takes the opposite side of the popular opinion and twists himself into a pretzel trying to defend 3rd grade logic. He calls it second level thinking.

    1. boy ain’t that true …that’s why its harder and harder to listen to …need more of Ray Dittinger types and less of the Missenali/Cataldis

  2. This story has gone national, so we cant blame the normal 610/975 loons. That said, although I think the guy said it in an inartful way, I dont think he’s that off base.

  3. What about Andy’s willingness to bring on Mike Vick after he was reinstated. That was a bold move, and I’m sure Andy was involved in some of that rehabilitation as Mike tried to make life style changes that helped him focus more on his football career

  4. Typical clown ex athletes who can’t step back and take an honest look about whats being said. Tra thomas is brutal in any media form and Ike Reese has been hit in the head so many times he thinks Dinosaurs are made up by the media. Andy Reid has gotten a pass for years for taking on scumbags(Which most nfl teams do from time to time) and not getting blamed when they repeat their bad behavior. Not Only that how does the NFL let Hill in the NFL without a penalty when he admitted guilt in a court case?

  5. FACT: Fat Ass ADULT son overdosed on heroin
    FACT: Fat Ass’ other ADULT son went to prison
    What’s the fucking issue? It’s not like he’s calling out a 9 year old. FUCK OFF

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