Reid on son’s crash: ‘Heart bleeds for everyone’

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke for the first time publicly about his son’s auto accident that left a 5-year-old girl in critical condition, saying Sunday, “My heart bleeds for everyone involved in that.”

“My heart goes out to all those who were involved in the accident, in particular the family with the little girl who’s fighting for her life,” Reid said Sunday night after the Chiefs lost Super Bowl LV to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9. “I can’t comment on it any more than what I am here. So the questions you have, I’m going to have to turn those down; but just from a human standpoint, my heart bleeds for everybody involved in that.”

Reid’s son Britt, the Chiefs’ outside linebacker coach, was involved in the three-car crash on Thursday night in Kansas City. He did not travel with the Chiefs to Tampa, Florida, for the Super Bowl.

Britt Reid acknowledged to police he was driving the vehicle that collided with the two other cars, including the one with the 5-year-old inside. The police report said the driver of that vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was being investigated for possible impairment.

A Kansas City Police Department officer said Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and that the officer smelled “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages,” according to a police officer statement obtained by ESPN. The statement went on to say Reid told the officer that he had two to three drinks and that he also took prescription Adderall.

Asked whether the incident was a distraction for him or the Chiefs, Reid said, “We had put the game plan in the week before. The distraction wasn’t a distraction as far as the game plan goes. That was already in and how we were going to work with it and go forward.

“From a human standpoint, it’s a tough one. From a football standpoint, I don’t think that was a problem.”

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