Should Andy Reid, coach of the NFL franchise Philadelphia Eagles be suspended by his team’s owner or the National Football League for his role in recent court cases involving two of his children? Are all of the actions under scrutiny by the courts purely the responsibility of Reid’s sons Britt and Garrett Reid? If a judge has likened an NFL coaches home to “a drug emporium” does the league’s stated priority of protecting the brand mandate that Reid be relieved of coaching duties? If not, why not? If so, for what time period? Does coach Reid’s involvement merit a long-term suspension? What is the responsibility of the team owner to the fans of Philadelphia?
The Associated Press is reporting:
Andy Reid is digging in.
The Philadelphia Eagles coach insisted he will not resign Friday, a day after a judge sentenced Reid’s two sons to prison and likened his home to a “drug emporium.”
Asked whether he intended to stay on the job, a steely-eyed Reid delivered a stern, one-word answer: “Yes.”
At least one of his peers thought that may not be the best approach.
“If that situation comes up in anybody’s family, I would think you would have to take a hard look at taking time off, of doing something to try and salvage the thing,” said Reid’s longtime friend and mentor, Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren.
Reid took a five-week absence earlier this year. At his regular news conference Friday, he said more about his sons’ legal problems than he had previously.
The report continues:
On Friday, prosecutors charged 24-year-old Garrett Reid with five additional drug counts related to 89 pills he had smuggled into prison. His cellmate said he saw Reid remove the pills from his rectum and that Reid offered him some of the pills.
On Thursday night, police searched the Reid home to corroborate the cellmate’s story. The coach’s wife, Tammy Reid, provided investigators with prescriptions in Garrett Reid’s name and a search of his room turned up other prescriptions in his brother’s name. They also found two syringes and eight needles in his room, according to prosecutors.
On Thursday, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill called the Reids a “family in crisis” and questioned whether brothers Britt and Garrett Reid should return to their parents’ home after they serve their jail terms.
“There isn’t any structure there that this court can depend upon,” O’Neill said.
I’d be curious to know what former Eagle and advocate of the league’s stricter conduct code, Troy Vincent, thinks of these developments.