Kietzman, 810 Sports 'mutually' part ways after controversial comments

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(WIBW) -- Longtime Kansas City sports radio host Kevin Kietzman is out at WHB-AM (810 Sports).

Union Broadcasting, Inc., released a statement on Friday announcing the company and Kietzman have "mutually agreed to part ways."

The news comes after Kietzman's suspension on Tuesday following controversial comments he made on his show "Between the Lines" about Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on Monday in regards to the team's situation with wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

“Andy Reid does not have a great record of fixing players. He doesn’t. Discipline is not his thing. 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. He wasn’t real great at that either. He’s had a lot of things go bad on him--family and players. He is not good at fixing people. He is not good at discipline. That is not his strength. His strength is designing football plays.”

The comments unleashed a social media firestorm both locally and nationally, specifically on Twitter, and were widely interpreted as Kietzman referring to Reid's late son, Garrett, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2012.

Garrett had been working as the Philadelphia Eagles' assistant strength and conditioning coach, and died at the team's former training camp facility at Lehigh University.

Both Garrett and Andy's son Britt were hired by Andy in Philadelphia, and both had served time in prison for drug-related and other charges. Britt now serves as the linebackers/outside linebackers coach in Kansas City.

After initially taking to Twitter to address the unrest, saying he did not mention the death of Garrett and "quickly corrected a caller who did," the 22-year sports radio host tweeted a recorded apologyy, saying he re-listened to his words and understood why listeners were upset.


Below is the full statement released on Friday by Union Broadcasting, Inc.:

"Union Broadcasting, Inc. President, Chad Boeger announced today that Union Broadcasting and Between the Lines host, Kevin Kietzman have mutually agreed to part ways and allow Kietzman to pursue other opportunities.

“We would like to thank Kevin for his dedicated service over the last 22 years,” Boeger said. “Kevin has been a valuable member of the Sports Radio 810 WHB team. We wish him all the best on his future endeavors and good luck moving forward.

“It’s been my honor and privilege to host Between the Lines for the past 22 years and I’m proud of being a founding partner of this great local company that is so committed to our community,“ Kietzman said.

"We want to thank our clients, partners and loyal listeners for their continued support.

"As is consistent with our policy on personnel matters, Union Broadcasting will have no further comment."