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Opinion: Chiefs must be transparent about Britt Reid as he's charged with DWI in crash that left a child with brain injuries

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Since Britt Reid’s drunk driving accident in Kansas City that left a 5-year-old girl with serious brain injuries — just days before the team that employed him played in the Super Bowl — the Chiefs’ public posture about the incident has been notably passive.

Besides canned statements of support for Ariel Young at every development in the case and an acknowledgment that Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, was no longer employed as a Chiefs assistant coach, there hasn’t been much transparency from the team about what it has learned from the night of the crash. 

That needs to change — and soon.

On Monday, Reid was charged with driving while intoxicated, a felony that could potentially imprison him for up to seven years. Now that more details have emerged from the investigation, a civil lawsuit also seems likely as Ariel Young still cannot talk, walk or eat and could face medical complications for the rest of her life. According to the family’s attorney, she was sent home from the hospital earlier this month in hopes that familiar surroundings would help her recover.

Britt Reid is no longer an employee of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the family has had to rely on GoFundMe donations in excess of $500,000 to help pay significant medical bills.

But the warrant for Reid’s arrest raises questions that need to be answered by the Chiefs about what exactly happened in their building on the night of Feb. 4, before Reid got in his car drunk and forever altered a little girl’s life. 

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