By Peter Gleason
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, was involved in a multicar accident Thursday night that has left a 5-year-old child with life-threatening injuries, according to a team statement and the police report.
Reid, who was scheduled to leave with the Chiefs today for the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is now not expected to travel to Tampa, Florida, a source told ESPN.
In 2007, when Andy was Eagles coach, Britt Reid pleaded guilty to flashing a gun at another motorist and was sentenced that November to eight to 23 months in prison.
The following year, he pleaded guilty to DUI and drug charges after he drove into a shopping cart in a parking lot after he had difficulty locating his vehicle while leaving a store.
Reid, 35, joined the Chiefs in 2013 as a defensive assistant coach. He became assistant defensive line coach in 2015 and defensive line coach in 2016. He became the outside linebackers coach in 2019.
According to an incident report provided by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department (KCPD), a car ran out of gas on an on-ramp to Interstate 435 in Kansas City on Thursday night. After the driver called relatives for help, a second car arrived, also parking on the on-ramp near the Chiefs’ training complex adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium.
According to the police report, a third car, which Kansas City television station KSHB says was driven by Britt Reid, then came along and struck first the left front of the disabled vehicle and then the rear of the second vehicle, where the 5-year-old child was in the back seat along with a 4-year-old child, who also was taken by ambulance to an area hospital but with non-life-threatening injuries.
The station said Reid acknowledged to police that he was driving the third car, according to a search warrant. The police report said the driver of the third car suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was being investigated for possible impairment.
According to the search warrant obtained by KSHB, a KCPD officer said Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and the officer smelled “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages.” The warrant went on to say Reid told the officer that he had had two to three drinks and that he also took prescription Adderall.
“The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid,” the Chiefs said in a statement Friday. “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.”
Reid is in the hospital with undisclosed injuries and could be there for days, a source told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
The KCPD told Russini if there are charges in this case, they will not be filed until after the Super Bowl — sometime next week as part of its normal investigative timeline.
No one involved in the multicar accident is identified by name in the police report.
The driver of the disabled vehicle was inside the car at the time of the first collision but was not injured, the police report said, and the driver of the second vehicle and a front-seat adult passenger also were not injured.