The troubled pasts of Britt and Garrett Reid, sons of Chiefs coach Andy Reid
As the Kansas City Chiefs depart for Tampa, Fla., for Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, is embroiled in more serious matters because of his involvement in a vehicle crash Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo., that left a 5-year-old child with life-threatening injuries.
The incident is refocusing attention on events involving two of Andy Reid’s five children.
Losing a son
Reid, who won his first Super Bowl last season with the Chiefs and coached for 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, lost a son in 2012. Garrett Reid, 29, an unofficial strength and conditioning coach for the Eagles, died Aug. 5, 2012, of an accidental overdose of heroin.
His body was found during Eagles training camp at a Lehigh University dorm room. His death shocked many because it appeared he had been turning a corner with his drug-abuse battle.
Garrett Reid served prison time
Previously, Garrett Reid was sentenced to nearly two years in prison because of his involvement in a high-speed crash in 2007 that injured another driver. He admitted being under the influence of heroin, and police found more than 200 pills in his car. He also tried to smuggle pills inside during his time in prison.
Reid told a probation officer that he “liked being a drug dealer,” but he eventually stopped his criminal behavior, according to a statement read by a judge at court.
Britt Reid, Andy Reid’s son and a Kansas City Chiefs’ assistant, was involved in a car crash that reportedly severely injured a child in another car.
Britt Reid served jail time
Britt Reid, then 22, was sentenced to jail for a 2007 incident where he pointed a gun at a driver in a road-rage dispute. A judge sentenced him to 23 months in prison and five years’ probation on firearms and drug charges.
The judge who sentenced both of Reid’s sons likened the family’s home to “a drug emporium” and that “this is a family in crisis.”
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