Monday brought some answers within the case of Britt Reid, who now faces felony DWI expenses. It raises extra questions, questions that for now his former employer isn’t answering.
By way of Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports activities, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs declined comment when requested whether or not the staff has any info relating to the place Reid, a former assistant coach with the staff and son of head coach Andy Reid, consumed alcohol earlier than slamming into two vehicles at practically 84 miles per hour with a blood-alcohol focus of 0.113 p.c, properly over the authorized restrict of 0.08.
An illustration contained inside an excellent column from Wetzel on the subject reveals the proximity of the accident scene and the staff’s observe facility. Frequent senses means that Britt Reid probably was consuming within the constructing earlier than driving house, solely three days earlier than Tremendous Bowl LV.
Writes Wetzel, “The NFL tries to cloak itself in private accountability and group partnership. It wants to analyze and, if wanted, punish a well-liked franchise and the household of a well-known coach as aggressively because it does a misbehaving athlete. If Roger Goodell is all about defending the defend, then how about defending the general public from these things?”
In 2020, the NFL took nice delight in figuring out whether or not and to what extent people in each staff facility have been complying with all COVID-19 protocols. Because the Tremendous Bowl approached, enhanced steps have been taken — with screens from the league workplace reportedly dispatched to provide extra surveillance to the groups that made it to the league’s remaining 4.
So what did the Chiefs know, what ought to the Chiefs have recognized, and when did they comprehend it? In flip, what did the league observers know, what ought to they’ve recognized, and when did they comprehend it? These are questions that shall be answered throughout the confines of litigation aimed toward securing full and full compensation for five-year-old Ariel Younger, who (per Wetzel) can not stroll or speak and is fed via a tube.
The truth that the household of Ariel Younger could also be seeking to the Chiefs and/or the NFL for extra compensation may very well be the explanation for the present silence. With these questions certainly coming as soon as a lawsuit is filed relating to the crash, there’s no motive (from a authorized standpoint) for the staff or the league to say something that may very well be used in opposition to them in courtroom.
Nonetheless, the questions will linger till they’re answered. As Wetzel notes, the Chiefs and the league certainly know the solutions already.
The place was Britt Reid consuming? Was it within the staff’s facility? Who else from the staff, if anybody, knew he was consuming? Who else from the staff, if anybody, was consuming with him? Who offered the alcohol?
The league has clear guidelines in opposition to the presence of alcohol in staff amenities. Whether or not that results in potential civil legal responsibility turns into a special concern, one which shall be pushed by how a lot the staff knew and/or how a lot the staff was concerned in permitting alcohol to be consumed on its premises.
It’s attainable the Chiefs knew completely nothing. It’s attainable Britt Reid didn’t even drink within the facility. It’s attainable that, if he did, he did it secretly and discreetly, and that nobody knew or had motive to know.
It’s additionally attainable that the information and involvement swept extra broadly than that. Till these questions are publicly answered, they’ll linger. And they need to.
Somebody bought in a automotive on the Chiefs facility, drove it a brief distance, and inflicted critical and everlasting accidents on a five-year-old lady. The general public deserves to know extra about how that occurred, and the general public and the media ought to demand these solutions.