CBS Deserves Criticism for Handling of pre-Super Bowl Car Accident Involving Andy Reid’s Son and Assistant Coach Britt Reid

CBS barely mentioned the car accident caused by Andy Reid’s son (and Chiefs assistant coach) Britt Reid. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Looking back to Super Bowl LV and still drawing the same conclusion:

CBS should not have ignored the impact a car accident involving Andy Reid’s son, leaving a five-year-old girl in critical condition, had on the Chiefs’ performance while being thrashed by the Bucs four days later.

Britt Reid, part of the Chiefs coaching staff since 2013, hit two cars while driving his pickup truck near the team’s headquarters the Thursday before the game. According to a police statement obtained by ESPN, Reid, 35, said he had been drinking. James Brown mentioned the facts of the situation at the top of CBS’ five-hour Super Bowl pregame show. He would go on to recite the same report later in the show. The two recitations of the facts were not enough.

No analysis. No emotion. No discussing how the tragedy might impact the game.

Jim Nantz and Tony Romo waited until late in the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay’s 31-9 hammering of Kansas City before even bringing up the accident.

Like Brown, Nantz gave the facts. That Nantz finally mentioned the accident was not enough either. The accident is a tragic occurrence. A parent’s worst nightmare. At the same time, we’re not using it to diminish the Bucs thoroughly dominating performance.

But in order to tell the story of this game, doesn’t someone need to explain and discuss how this kind of tragedy, involving a team staffer (in this case the head coach’s son who has a history of drug and other legal issues) and a child now in a coma, affects the attitude, mental state, and overall performance of the Chiefs?

Considering the lopsided nature of the game, the broadcast crew had plenty of time to fill, plenty of time to fully address the ramifications of this horrible situation.

Nantz should have asked Romo if he ever played under tragic circumstances. If so, how did it affect the psyche of the Cowboys?

Romo’s not shy. He likely had an opinion if the pain Andy Reid was feeling flowed through his team. Isn’t Romo being paid to transcend the routine X’s and O’s analysis?

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SOURCE: CBS Sports, Bob Raissman