The team arrived without linebacker’s coach Britt Reid – Andy Reid’s son – who is not making the trip to Tampa for Sunday’s Super Bowl game after being involved in a car accident, the team said on Saturday.
The assistant coach, 35, was involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up in Missouri on Thursday that the team confirmed resulted in the injury of two young children, one critically.
According to a search warrant filed after the crash, Reid told officers that he had been drinking before he smashed into two cars that were parked in an entrance ramp one exit south of the Chiefs’ practice facility on Thursday night.
He also told officers that he takes Adderall by prescription, according to KSHB.
Reid, who is reported to have previous DUI charges, is now being investigated to determine whether he was impaired at the time of the crash.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker’s coach Britt Reid has not traveled to the Super Bowl after being involved in a car crash in which a five-year-old girl was critically injured
The five-year-old has been named locally as Ariel and is said to have suffered brain trauma
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid arrives with his team for the Super Bowl on Saturday
The Chiefs confirmed in a statement on Friday night that the crash involving Reid left a 5-year-old in critical condition at an area hospital and injured a 4-year-old child.
‘The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid,’ the statement read.
‘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.’
The crash took place just after 9pm on Thursday night on Interstate 435 near Eastwood Trafficway, close to the Truman Sports Complex where the Chiefs were wrapping up final practices.
The police reported that a Chevrolet Impala had run out of gas and parked in the entrance ramp from Stadium Drive to I-435 as they called family to help.
When family arrived, they parked a Chevrolet Traverse in front of the stranded vehicle.
Reid told police that he was driving a white Dodge Ram Laramie Sport pickup truck that struck the left side of the Impala as the driver tried to get it up and running.
The driver had been in the car at the time Reid struck the vehicle but did not suffer any injuries.
The report states that Reid’s Ram than continued to strike the parked Traverse where two children were sitting in the backseat.
The Kansas City Police Department (KCDP) said in a statement that a 5-year-old child injured in the accident was in critical condition, and a 4-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
They were transported to hospital to be treated for their injuries. An adult was also sitting in the front of the second car but was not injured.
The five-year-old has been named locally as a girl named Ariel, whose family said she has not woken up since the crash.
She is said to have suffered severe brain trauma and the family has set up a GoFundMe page to cover her medical expenses.
Ariel, 5, was reported to be critically injured in the crash. A four-year-old was also injured
Ariel’s family said that she has not woken up since the crash on Thursday night
According to the warrant, officers could smell ‘a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages’ from Reid when they arrived at the scene and noted that his eyes were blood shot.
Reidtold officers that he had two to three drinks and informed them of his Adderall prescription.
The warrant also states that an officer noted signs of impairment in Reid.
The assistant coach was taken to the hospital after the crash after complaining of stomach pains but his injuries are described as non-life-threatening.
This not the first time Reid has had trouble with the law over potential drinking and driving.
In 2007, then aged 22, Reid was sentenced to eight to 23 months in jail, plus five years’ probation, on gun and drug charges.
Britt Reid told officers he had been drinking before the crash and take Adderall
It came after he pointed a handgun at another driver following a dispute, according to ESPN.
Reid pleaded guilty to carrying an unlicensed firearm, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime in connection with the incident.
According to KSHB, Reid had been arrested again seven months later and charged with DUI: controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His bail was revoked from the first arrest and he again pleaded guilty, receiving a sentence of one to six months in February 2008.
Pennsylvania court records show that he was fined more than $10,000 for the two incidents and ordered to complete Drug Court, which he did in July 2012.
ESPN reported that as Britt and his brother Garret Reid were sentenced following the first arrest in 2007, a judge likened their father’s home to a ‘drug emporium’ as he questioned whether the adult sons should live there.
At the time, Garrett, who was described as a drug addict and dealer, was sentenced after crashing into another car while high on heroin.
The publication claimed that the brothers ‘overmedicated throughout much of their lives’ and that Britt became hooked on painkillers after suffering a football injury in high school.
‘It sounds more or less like a drug emporium there, with the drugs all over the house, and you’re an addict,’ Judge O’Neill told Britt.
The Chiefs said on Saturday they were still in the information-gathering process and had no further comment on Thursday’s crash.
Britt Reid has been with the team since his father was hired by the franchise in 2013.
The crash happened just an exit south of the Chief’s practice field
Reid crashed into two cars that were parked in the exit ramp on Thursday night
He initially worked as a defensive quality control coach before he was promoted to assistant defensive line coach in 2015.
He served as defensive line coach between 2016 and 2018 before moving to outside linebacker’s coach.
Reid is a Temple University graduate who served as a training camp intern for the Philadelphia Eagles on his father’s staff in 2009.
He has received two tickets for speeding while working with the Chiefs – first in 2014 and again in 2018.
Charges have not been filed following the crash but if they are, it will come long after the Superbowl.
‘Most criminal investigations take weeks to investigate. This is no different,’ said KCDP media unit spokesperson Captain Dave Jackson in a statement.
‘Prosecutors typically would like a completed case file in order to file charges or decline, depending on what the evidence would indicate.
‘In cases like this that may include toxicology, crash reconstruction, witness statements and a variety of other related pieces.’
The accident did not appear to be a distraction for the Chiefs, with a pool report indicating players appeared in good spirits during the morning walk-through session.
‘Good energy,’ Andy Reid said. ‘It’s important to have that.
‘This was just kind of a review day, so we go back through all the situations and make sure we have all those covered.’
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chiefs opted to spend Super Bowl week at home and fly to Tampa only the day before the NFL championship game.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL had teams delay traveling into the host city until Friday at the earliest as a safety and health precaution measure.
The Chiefs instead chose to come on Saturday, repeating their itinerary from earlier in the season when they beat Tom Brady and the Bucs 27-24 on November 29.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid arrived to Tampa without his son on Saturday
Reid did not comment on the crash involving his son as he arrived in Tampa on Saturday
Kansas City Chiefs players and staff arrive at Tampa International Airport for the Super Bowl
‘Saturday night is just looking for ways to sleep, honestly, because there´s a lot of excitement, a lot of energy that you build up to throughout the weekend,’ Chiefs defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon said earlier in the week.
‘The key is just letting it out on the road at the right time on Sunday.’
Teams playing in the Super Bowl usually arrive as much as a week before the game to practice, hold meetings and participate in media availabilities in or near the host city.
Both teams did that at their home facilities this year, fulfilling all media responsibilities through video calls during the week, instead of the usual in-person sessions jam-packed with reporters.
The Chiefs took two planes – to maintain proper social distancing protocols – with most of the coaches and players on the first that landed at Tampa International Airport around 4:38 p.m. – less than just 26 hours before kickoff.
The team then filed into 10 buses – two waves of five each – both with police escorts, which carried the coaches, players, and staff for the 7-mile trip to their hotel in downtown Tampa.
They were greeted around 5:23 p.m. by a few hundred cheering fans – several with masks but many without and many decked out in Chiefs jerseys and T-shirts, some in Bucs gear – gathered on the four corners closest to the main entrance of the hotel, which featured several red and gold window wraps around the entrances.