Chiefs break silence on Britt Reid investigation

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Some answers are emerging regarding the Britt Reid incident from February 2021. More questions remain, however, even after Reid was sentenced to three years in prison for driving while intoxicated and causing serious bodily injury.

After months of silence on the question of whether the former Chiefs assistant coach, and the son of head coach Andy Reid, was drinking at the team facility before the crash that seriously injured a five-year-old girl, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt shared with reporters on Monday some of the conclusions reached by an internal investigation. The comments came in a midseason video conference with the team’s majority owner.

Via Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star, Hunt said that the team’s investigation “showed there was no gathering of the employees, either at the practice facility or [Arrowhead Stadium] where alcohol was consumed. Beyond that, I really can’t say any more.”

Hunt also was asked about the NFL’s rule that prohibits teams from providing alcoholic beverages in any and all team settings. Hunt confirmed the existence of the rule, saying the Chiefs “were in compliance.” Hunt added that he does not believe the team will be disciplined by the NFL.

Whether the team provided alcohol to anyone represents only part of the analysis. Britt Reid, or others, may have brought alcohol into the facility on their own. If Britt Reid or someone else brought alcohol to work and if Britt Reid consumed it there (court papers clearly indicate he did), someone other than Britt possibly knew or should have known something that may have created an obligation by the Chiefs to take action.

Hunt said there was no “gathering” of employees. It’s fair to ask how he defines that term?  Two or more, three or more, four or more?

Here are the basic questions that should be asked, but that apparently won’t be answered.

One, did Britt Reid drink alcohol on Chiefs property?

Two, where did the alcohol come from?

Three, did anyone know he was drinking at work, if he was?

Four, was he drinking alone or with anyone else?

Five, should anyone have known that Britt Reid was drinking at work? More specifically, was there any suspicion that Britt Reid seemed impaired or in any way “off,” that night or previously? Are there text messages or email or conversations among other employees regarding whether Reid had been drinking at work, that night or previously?

This incident happened in February 2021, at the height of the pandemic. The Chiefs were in Kansas City that Thursday night — three days before the Super Bowl — because of COVID protocols that restricted travel until the Friday before the game. Cameras had been installed throughout the facility in order to ensure compliance with the various rules. Important footage allowing certain questions to be answered may have been collected that way.

The Chiefs reached an agreement with the family of Ariel Young due to the crash caused by Britt Reid. The Chiefs are paying an undisclosed amount. They presumably did it not as an act of charity, but to settle any and all legal claims that could have been made against the team.

If the payment helps Ariel Young and her family, and if they preferred to resolve the matter without the worry, expense, and delay of litigation, that’s their absolute right. Without the filing of a formal legal claim, however, there’s no way for the public to ever know whether the Chiefs knew or should have known that Britt Reid was drinking alcohol on team property — and whether any employees of the organization failed to take reasonably prudent steps to ensure that Reid did not drive at a time when he was unfit to do so.

19 responses to “Chiefs break silence on Britt Reid investigation

  1. The girls parents are going to go after the Kansas City Chiefs now. At least that’s what the lawyers are going to do. I hope the little girl is getting better and not permanently messed up.

  2. No amount of money can make up for what Reid did to their poor little girl. Is absolutely shameful that people drink and drive and get minimal jail time or less.

  3. If you are in the limelight, then yer better behave, or at least act as if you just might be on camera.

  4. The best thing the NFL could do to protect the shield is refuse to hire reform school dropouts, even if their daddy is the head coach.

  5. I’m sure the legal ramifications had some influence but not the overall driving factor in that payment to her family. Clark Hunt is one of the more upstanding owners in the league and likely did is as a gesture of good faith and remorse over the actions of one of his employees.

    How Britt Reid got off with that wrist slap of a ruling is beyond me though. He deserved the entire book any other of us average joes would have got in that situation.

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    November 7, 2022 at 8:10 pm
    The girls parents are going to go after the Kansas City Chiefs now. At least that’s what the lawyers are going to do. I hope the little girl is getting better and not permanently messed up.

    The family already waived their right to sue as part of the settlement.

  7. This guy was drinking on the job. Chiefs owe it to this family that they will never be in financial need.

  8. I think it’s a bad look that Andy Reid hasn’t stepped down. I know his son is a grown man, but I can’t be the only person outside of Chiefs Kingdom that thinks that.

  9. Alcoholism is a disease. Daddy should have got him help and shown some tough love instead of costantly bailing him out. Brit Reid sympathizers will give this a ‘thumbs down,’ when in reality sympathy should go to the innocent victims in this tragedy.

  10. It’s fine to say that Britt Reid alone is accountable for his actions. But when it comes to addiction, assuming he’s addicted to alcohol, there is such a thing as enabling. And if people on the Chiefs were aware and didn’t address it aren’t they in some way responsible?
    What if Britt’s Father was aware and didn’t do anything about it?
    What if upper management and ownership didn’t address it? What if they (collectively) were afraid to upset the apple cart. After all KC Chiefs at the time were and still are a top contending team to win the SB. While their outstanding HC (a key to winning) was and still is Britt Reid’s Dad.

  11. Drunks often drink alone and hide their drinking. It may simply be that he snuck a bottle in, kept it in a desk drawer or file cabinet (which was pretty common until about 1990 . . .), and drank by himself.

  12. I’m a KC fan and I can’t help but feel like a small child’s quality of life has been permanently effected for the rest of her life, while Britt Reid, who has already been in prison once for similar behavior, gets 3 years, which he won’t even serve the full amount b/c its not a federal crime. He’ll be in the prime of his life when he gets out and can keep behaving this way with no accountability. This hurts my heart and my love for Andy Reid and the Chiefs organization.

  13. I regard Reid as one of the best head coaches in the NFL but For everything Reid has accomplished as a head coach, I can’t help but feel it’s all a little hollow with one son dead from an overdose and the other in prison for DUI.

  14. I seriously doubt the Chiefs or Andy Reid would enable and allow Britt Reid to drink on company property, considering the staggering liability involved. I’m also sure the reason Britt had a job with the Chiefs was a way for his dad to give him structure and help him out.

    Beyond that, anyone presuming that Andy didn’t make every effort to help his son(s) is, I’m sure, mistaken. Alcoholism is a disease that our society still stigmatizes and minimizes. Britt is a 37 year old man. He makes his own decisions. Unless there is proof that KC knowingly let him drink on the job or in the facility (highly doubtful) then the responsibility rests with him.

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