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Host Pulled from Air Indefinitely After Inappropriate Comments About Andy Reid's Family

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Sports talk radio has a reputation that’s somewhere between a viper’s nest, a sewer and the Mos Eisley Cantina from “Star Wars.”

But even in that wretched hive of scum and villainy, there are lines that simply should not and cannot be crossed without consequences.

One example would be going after an athlete or coach’s family, which, according to Sports Illustrated is what just got Kansas City sports shock jock Kevin Keitzman suspended indefinitely from his job at WHB-AM.

On Monday, Keitzman talked on his show about the ongoing trouble involving Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who is still awaiting word from the NFL whether he will be eligible to join his teammates in Kansas City when training camp opens in July.

Hill remains suspended by the Chiefs in relation to child abuse allegations that surfaced earlier this year. The team banned him from all team activities April 26, and although Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe characterized the case as “not an active investigation” June 7, that suspension remains in effect.

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Keitzman addressed Reid’s ability to handle the Hill issue, saying, “The thing is, [the Chiefs] probably think they can fix [Hill], but they thought they could fix him before and they failed. Andy Reid does not have a great record of fixing players. He doesn’t. Discipline is not his thing.”

That comment was certainly “Between the Lines” — which is the name of his show — but he then veered wildly, jumped the median and ran head-first into oncoming traffic.

“It did not work out particularly well in his family life, and that needs to be added to this, as we’re talking about the Chiefs,” Keitzman said. “He wasn’t real great at that either. He’s had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players.”

“Family” in this instance clearly refers to Reid’s sons Garrett, who died of a heroin overdose in 2012, and Britt, who served jail time for gun and drug crimes in 2007 and 2008.

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Union Broadcasting, which owns WHB, wasted no time getting out in front of public backlash, issuing a statement on the station’s website Tuesday.

“We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of Between the Lines,” the company said. “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.”

Keitzman forgot a fundamental rule of broadcasting: You can criticize a prominent figure, but the moment you go after that person’s loved ones — especially a loved one who died after a too-short and troubled life — you run the risk of forfeiting the privilege of having your words heard by a large media audience.

ESPN personality Louis Riddick went after Keitzman on Twitter, calling him a “clown”:

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Even Oakland Raiders fans, a group not known for acts of kindness toward anything related to the Chiefs, agreed that Keitzman went way too far.

On Monday, Keitzman claimed on Twitter that he wasn’t referring to Garrett Reid, saying that would be “despicable.”

A day later, he maintained that his intentions were innocent while issuing a public apology to Reid.

Keitzman will no doubt have plenty of time to go to his room and think about what he said.

Hopefully, when he comes back — if he comes back — he’ll have learned a lesson in broadcast professionalism and human decency.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
Education
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
Location
Seattle, Washington
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Sports




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