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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Kevin Kietzman offers apology for Andy Reid comments, pulled off air indefinitely

Kevin Kietzman

Radio host Kevin Kietzman has been pulled off air indefinitely by WHB over his comments about Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and has issued an apology.

On Monday, Kietzman, the longtime host of “Between the Lines” on Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City, got personal in his criticism of Reid. Kietzman discussed the issues Tyreek Hill is facing and combined Hill’s disciplinary issues with the problems Reid’s sons have had. He concluded Reid has problems disciplining people. Keep in mind that two of Reid’s sons have had drug problems, including son Garrett, who died in 2012 of a heroin overdose.

A day after the controversial comments made headlines and received attention, the station’s owner, Union Broadcasting, issued a statement saying they were pulling Kietzman off air for now.

“We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of Between the Lines. We have decided to take the immediate step to take Kevin off the air until further notice as we review this matter.

“We take Kevin’s comments and those of all on-air staff seriously. Kevin’s comments were clearly not to his or our standards. Please know that we will take necessary appropriate actions.

“We sincerely apologize to Andy Reid and his family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and our loyal listeners and share their concerns,” the station said.

Kietzman also issued an apology but he placed blame on others for misinterpreting his words.

I’m really not sure Kietzman understands what he did wrong if he thinks the problem lies with the way people took his words. He could have just left his comments at saying Andy Reid is not good with disciplining his players. That would have been fine. As soon as he brought up Reid’s family and insisted that needed to be included in the argument, that’s where he went wrong. Thinking the problem is the misinterpretation by people rather than his actions of bringing up Reid’s family is the real issue.

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