A Kansas City radio host is under fire after his controversial on-air comments about Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his family.
Kevin Kietzman of WHB 810 has been suspended indefinitely after he criticized Reid’s handling of the Tyreek Hill situation during a segment Monday. Kietzman then brought up Reid’s son, Garrett, who died of a heroin overdose in 2012.
“The thing is, (the Chiefs) probably think (Reid) can fix (Hill), but they thought they could fix him before and they failed,” he said. “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.”
The comments sparked outrage, and Union Broadcasting WHB’s parent company, released a statement apologizing for Kietzman’s remarks and saying he’s off the air for the time being.
“We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of “Between the Lines.” We have decided to take the immediate step to take Kevin off the air until further notice as we review this matter,” the statement said.
“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 also issued an apology Monday afternoon on Twitter and called Reid a man he “respects greatly.”
With sincerest apologies to coach Andy Reid. pic.twitter.com/sVYpYBChbU
— kevin kietzman (@kkwhb) June 25, 2019
“What I said has been interpreted by many as hurtful, insensitive and cold, and in hearing from listeners and re-hearing what I said, I can understand why. …I am deeply sorry that I offended so many people, mostly, I’m sorry if I hurt Coach Reid, a man I respect greatly,” Kietzman said.
Kietzman added he wasn’t referencing Garrett’s death, but that didn’t stop the backlash from continuing. Many have called for his firing or resignation.