Kevin Kietzman is not hosting his show today. Union Broadcasting just issued a statement apologizing for the sports talker's comments and taking him off air until further notice.
More info on the firestorm for those who haven't seen it already and may not know that Kansas City Chiefs' Coach Andy Reid suffered the loss of his son:
New York Post: Kansas City radio host Kevin Kietzman uses Andy Reid’s dead son against him
LA Times: Radio host says his controversial comments weren’t about death of Andy Reid’s son
USA Today: Kansas City radio host ties Tyreek Hill case to Andy Reid's family life: 'Things go bad for him'
Just now, fill-ins meekly declare that they don't want to take calls or answer for the Kansas City talker embroiled in the crisis.
KK: "With sincerest apologies to coach Andy Reid."
"To the surprise of exactly no one, instead of apologizing, Kietzman is focusing on a handy little straw-man argument—that he has been accused of blaming Reid directly for his son’s death—and is scolding those responsible for making it."
The longtime local sports talker is free to stand by his questionable rhetoric but there is no denying the controversy.
In the era of "cancel culture" is his stonewalling acceptable???
Wisdom from another long running local talker:
"I say a lot of things on the radio that many people deem offensive. The thought of placing blame on the feet of a parent whose child dies by suicide is beyond offensive. It’s unconscionable."
"Let me be clear. I do not think anyone should be fired for controversial statements. You as a metro area will decide that by what you choose to listen to at 2pm."
Progressive troll that his is . . . Of course Lazlo will be listening today at 2 in the PM.
So I guess he's disappointed like everybody else.
More important than media chatter or even social media atwitter . . . We ask our blog community:
FOR THE LONG-TERM: HOW SHOULD 810 WHB REACT TO THIS CONTROVERSY??? SHOULD THEY KEEP KIETZMAN ON AIR?!?!?
Smarter fanboys know that keeping a good relationship with the Chiefs is essential for the sake of any sports news outlet.
We expect the denials or some rhetorical two-stepping to be spouted by Kietzman BUT I'm not sure if listening to sports talk is an indignity TKC is willing to suffer for the sake of this blog. I might wear some headphones whilst doing something more important, but I doubt it.
So we'll take a brief pause on this post and ask for updates from those who are curious about the fate of a KC talker in the midst of nationwide rebuke.
Union Broadcasting Statement Regarding Kevin Kietzman’s Comments on BTL on June 24th
We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of Between the Lines. 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.
You decide . . .