Kansas City radio host Kevin Kietzman has been pulled off the air indefinitely after his comments on Andy Reid's family.
Kansas City radio host Kevin Kietzman has been pulled off the air indefinitely after his comments on Chiefs coach Andy Reid's family.
On Monday, Kietzman discussed Reid's family while criticizing the coach's handling of the Tyreek Hill situation. The WHB 810 host noted Reid's family, including his son Garrett, who died of a heroin overdose in 2012.
"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," Kietzman said. "He wasn't real great at that either. He's had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players."
Union Broadcasting released a statement on WHB 810's website on Tuesday to announce the decision to take Kietzman off the air until further notice.
"We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of Between the Lines," the statement said. "We have decided to take the immediate step to take Kevin off the air until further notice as we review this matter. We take Kevin’s comments and those of all on-air staff seriously. Kevin’s comments were clearly not to his or our standards. Please know that we will take necessary appropriate actions. We sincerely apologize to Andy Reid and his family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and our loyal listeners and share their concerns."
Kietzman earned plenty of criticism for his insensitive remarks regarding Reid, most notably from ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.
Whoever this clown is that said this, you are trash for referencing Andy Reid and his family and his son. You don’t “fix” people dumb ass. To speak about another man’s child is out of bounds. Embarrassing what people will do to try and be relevant. https://t.co/MW9QMveDbN— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) June 25, 2019
Reid is slated to enter his seventh season with the Chiefs in 2019. He is 65–31 with Kansas City over the last six years, winning the AFC West in each of the last three seasons.