Some answers are emerging regarding the Brett Reed incident in February 2021. However, other questions remain, even after Reid’s murder. He was sentenced to three years in prison For driving while intoxicated and causing serious bodily injury.
After months of silence on the question of whether the Chiefs’ former assistant coach, son of head coach Andy Reed, had been drinking at the team’s facility before the accident that seriously injured a five-year-old girl, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt shared some conclusions with reporters on Monday. reached by an internal investigation. The comments came in a mid-season video conference with the team’s majority owner.
via Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City StarHunt said the team’s investigation “Show that there was no gathering of staffeither in the clinic facility or [Arrowhead Stadium] where alcohol was consumed. Beyond that, I really can’t say more than that.”
Hunt was also asked about the NFL’s rule that prohibits teams from serving alcoholic beverages in any and all team venues. Hunt confirmed the rule’s existence, saying the chiefs “were in compliance.” Hunt added that he did not believe the team would be disciplined by the NFL.
Whether the team served alcohol to anyone is only part of the analysis. Brett Reed, or others, may have brought alcohol into the facility on their own. If Brit Read or someone else brought alcohol to work and if you took it there (Court papers clearly indicate that he did), it is possible that someone other than Brett who knew or should have known something may have created an obligation by superiors to take action.
Hunt said there was no “gathering” of employees. It is fair to ask how he defines this term? Two or more, three or more, four or more?
Here are the basic questions to ask, but which obviously won’t be answered.
First, did Brett Reed drank alcohol at Chiefs’ property?
Second, where did the alcohol come from?
Three, does anyone know he was drinking at work, if he was?
Fourth, was he drinking alone or with anyone else?
Five, should anyone know that Brett Reid was drinking at work? More specifically, was there any doubt that Brett Reid seemed to be down or “off” in any way, that night or the day before? Are there text messages, emails, or conversations between other employees regarding whether Reed drank alcohol at work, that night or before?
This incident occurred in February 2021, at the height of the epidemic. The Chiefs were in Kansas City Thursday night — three days before the Super Bowl — due to COVID protocols that restricted travel until the Friday before the game. Cameras have been installed throughout the facility to ensure compliance with various rules. Important snapshots may have been collected that allow certain questions to be answered in this way.
The two leaders came to an agreement with Ariel Young’s family over the incident caused by Brett Reed. Chiefs pay an undisclosed amount. Presumably they did so not as an act of charity, but to settle any and all legal claims that could have been brought against the team.
If the payment helps Ariel Young and her family, and if they prefer to resolve the matter without the worry, expense, and delay of litigation, it is their absolute right. However, without a formal legal action being filed, there is no way for the public to know whether the Chiefs knew or should have known that Brett Reid was drinking alcohol on the team’s property – and whether any of the Foundation’s employees failed to make a reasonable decision. Steps to ensure Reed does not drive at a time when it would have been inappropriate to do so.