“The organization has been made aware of a multivehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid,” the team said. “We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”
Kansas City police did not confirm Reid’s involvement in the accident or release the names of any of the other people involved. But they did release details of the accident and said impairment is under investigation. According to police, a 5-year-old child in the back seat of one vehicle was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. A 4-year-old child in the back seat of the same vehicle was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Kansas City television station KSHB reported that Britt Reid was the driver being investigated for possible impairment. The station reported that, according to a search warrant, a police officer said “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages” was detectable and Britt Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and red. According to the warrant application cited in the station’s report, Reid told the police officer that he had had two to three drinks and also took Adderall by prescription.
The officer wrote in the warrant that he observed signs of impairment and his request to draw blood from Reid, made after Reid was transported to a hospital because of stomach pain, was approved by a Jackson County judge, the station reported. According to the station, the accident occurred on an interstate near the Chiefs’ practice facility just after 9 p.m. Thursday.
Police said they responded to a three-vehicle collision on an entrance ramp to Interstate 435 with life-threatening injuries. According to police, a Chevrolet Impala was on a ramp from Stadium Drive and ran out of gas. That vehicle was stopped with its flashers on initially, but the battery was dying. The driver called his cousins for assistance, according to police. They responded and parked a Chevrolet Traverse, with its lights on, by the stalled vehicle. Both vehicles were struck by a Ram pickup truck traveling on the ramp to reach the interstate.
According to police, the driver of the Impala was sitting in his vehicle when it was hit and was not injured. The driver of the Traverse and an adult passenger in the front seat also were uninjured. The injured children were in the back seat of the Traverse, according to police. The driver of the pickup truck suffered what police called non-life-threatening injuries. KSHB reported Reid was the driver of the pickup.
Britt Reid did not travel with the Chiefs to Tampa for Sunday’s Super Bowl, which they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you my heart bleeds for the people involved in it,” Andy Reid said after the game.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said after the game: “It was a tragic situation all around. You’re praying for everyone that was involved.”
The NFL did not respond to a request for comment. Britt Reid could face discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy. The NFL generally waits for the legal process to play out before imposing potential disciplinary measures.
The Chiefs spent the week leading up to the game in Kansas City, practicing at their own facility, because of changes to the usual Super Bowl procedures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Teams normally spend the week leading up to the Super Bowl in the city in which the game is to be played.
Britt Reid, 35, was sentenced to eight to 23 months in jail and five years’ probation in 2007 on gun and drug charges after pointing a gun at another driver following a dispute. In 2008, he pleaded guilty after being arrested the previous year on a charge of driving under the influence.
He is in his eighth season with the Chiefs, the past two as the team’s outside linebackers coach. He previously served as a defensive quality control coach, the assistant defensive line coach and then the defensive line coach.
Garrett Reid, an elder son of Andy Reid, died of a heroin overdose in 2012 at the Philadelphia Eagles’ training camp, when Andy Reid coached that team. Garrett Reid was 29 and was at the time assisting the Eagles’ strength and conditioning coach. Authorities announced following an investigation that anabolic steroids were found in the room in which Garrett Reid had been staying at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Garrett Reid had been sentenced to nearly two years in prison on charges related to a 2007 accident that injured another driver. Police said he was under the influence of heroin and found heroin and more than 200 pills in his vehicle. He was arrested on the same day as Britt Reid.