For almost a decade, Britt Reid has worked for his father as a coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Andy Reid’s son jeopardized the life of a 5-year-old child on Thursday as a result of a scary car crash that involved alcohol and the prescription drug Adderall.
With the investigation still ongoing, more details continue to emerge about a devastating incident that will undoubtedly dominate the headlines leading into Super Bowl 55.
Britt Reid works for his father in Kansas City
Like his Super Bowl-winning father, Britt Reid earns a living as an NFL coach. He spent his early years as a lower-level assistant with the Chiefs. But after serving as assistant defensive line coach in 2015, he earned a big-time promotion.
From 2016-18, Andy Reid’s son coached Kansas City’s defensive line group. Under his watch, former second-round pick Chris Jones developed into one of the best players at his position. The game-wreaking defensive tackle earned second-team All-Pro honors in 2018 after totaling 15.5 sacks.
Dee Ford finished just behind Jones with 13 sacks. Of course, his brutal offsides penalty prevented the Chiefs from toppling the New England Patriots in the AFC championship that year.
In 2019, Reid switched job titles. However, he still stayed on the defensive side of the ball. For the last two seasons, the Temple University graduate has worked as Kansas City’s linebackers/outside linebackers coach.
Although nobody would describe the Chiefs’ linebackers as elite, the defense has improved significantly since it finished 24th in points allowed in 2018. Kansas City finished seventh in 2019 before slipping to 10th this year.
But if the Chiefs’ linebackers hope to slow down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their impressive stable of running backs and tight ends, they will have to do so without their position coach.
Chiefs LB coach involved in scary car crash that left a child with life-threatening injuries
On Thursday, reports emerged about Britt Reid’s involvement in a car crash that inflicted significant damage.
According to KSHB, police said a Chevrolet Impala that ran out of gas was sitting on the entrance ramp from Stadium Drive to I-435 in Kansas City, Mo. The driver called family for help to try to get the vehicle running again. With a Chevrolet Traverse now parked in front of the disabled car, a white Dodge Ram Laramie Sport pickup truck traveling on the entrance ramp struck the left front of the Impala.
The truck continued forward and ultimately struck the right rear of the other vehicle.
As a result, a 5-year-old child in the backseat of the Traverse suffered life-threatening injuries. The Kansas City Police Department said the 4-year-old also seated in the backseat suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both got transported to a local hospital for treatment.
As of late Friday night, the 5-year-old remained in critical condition.
Reid told police he had been driving the truck involved in the multi-vehicle crash. And as it turns out, he got behind the wheel under dangerous circumstances.
Andy Reid’s son admits to drinking alcohol and taking Adderall before getting behind the wheel
According to a search warrant filed just before midnight on Thursday, a KCPD officer smelled “a moderate odor of alcohol beverages” and that Britt Reid’s eyes appeared bloodshot and red following the car crash he caused.
The Chiefs assistant coach reportedly told the officer he had two or three drinks. In addition, he said he took Adderall by prescription.
In the warrant, the officer wrote that he observed signs of impairment. Reid reportedly complained of stomach pain before getting transported to a local hospital.
A Jackson County judge approved the officer’s request for a blood draw. Results have not emerged as of Saturday afternoon.
However, the search warrant application referenced that Reid does have multiple prior DUI contacts.
On Feb. 1, 2008, he got sentenced to one to six months after pleading guilty in connection to a DUI arrest that occurred in August 2007.
Britt Reid will not travel with the team for Super Bowl 55. However, his father will still man his usual spot on the sidelines for the biggest game of the season.
Obviously, though, in light of this tragic and scary situation, Andy Reid’s Super Bowl experience will certainly be much different than last year.
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