Radio host in Kansas City pulled from the air after scathing comments about Chiefs’ Andy Reid
We have an update in the situation involving Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid. On Monday, WHB radio host Kevin Kietzman went on a rant about Reid and his handling of the Tyreek Hill situation. Kietzman said that Reid didn’t do discipline well, and appeared to make reference to the passing of Reid’s son, who died of a drug overdose back in 2012.
Kietzman later denied he was referring to Reid’s son’s passing, but the damage was already done. Tuesday, the station announced it was pulling him off the air, per Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com.
“We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of Between the Lines,” Sports Radio WHB said in a statement. “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.”
It didn’t take long, and the station acted swiftly. Kietzman took to Twitter on Monday before the decision was announced to defend himself.
“I never mentioned one word about the tragic death of Andy Reid’s son and quickly corrected a caller who did,” he wrote in part.
Holy hat what’s going on here? I never mentioned one word about the tragic death of Andy Reid’s son and quickly corrected a caller who did. I was talking about the owner’s record of “fixing” players, the team’s record and Andy’s record. I was referencing the drug (1/3)
— kevin kietzman (@kkwhb) June 25, 2019
Obviously, people aren’t buying it. Per David Smith, Kietzman had said on air that “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.”
We’ll keep you posted if we get another update.