Olbermann: NFL should help Reids

Posted: November 05, 2007

During last night's pregame show, NBC's Keith Olbermann urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to take action to help Andy Reid and his family.

Olbermann described the plight of the Reid family as a "nightmarish skid."

Garrett Reid, 24, and Britt Reid, 22, were sentenced on Thursday to up to 23 months in jail for various offenses. Garrett Reid is expected to face additional charges for allegedly smuggling pills into the Montgomery County prison.

Reid and his wife Tammy were strongly rebuked by Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O'Neill during Thursday's sentencing. The Reids also have three younger children.

"Judge another man's home without stepping into that home, without stepping into that man's life, and you might as well wade into a Jacuzzi filled with quicksand," Olbermann said. "But when a man's two grown sons are sentenced to up to 23 months in jail each, and the judge likens that man's home to a 'drug emporium,' the journey seems essential, no matter the risk. If they care about him, if they care about his family - even if they only care about his usefulness to them as a coach, the Philadelphia Eagles or the NFL have to intervene on behalf of Andy Reid.

"Firing him won't work and just ordering him into another leave of absence won't work. What happens, what has happened in the Reids' home, must be clear to someone with the team, or someone with the league. When a judge insists that Andy Reid's eldest kids have been 'overmedicated' most of their lives, and there are still three other kids under the age of 20 in that house, somebody must force an intervention. Because, while Andy Reid is ultimately not the team's responsibility nor is he the league's, to some degree, that family is.

"Not that football put Britt or Garrett Reid in jail, or their parents wherever they are. But because the NFL always speaks with justifiable pride about its symbolic family. Whether they impose it with complete empathy or by the threat of dismissal or suspension, Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles, or maybe Roger Goodell and the league may be the only individuals with the power to steer the lives of as many as seven people back out of this nightmarish skid. Because this time it's no metaphor: Those seven people literally are NFL family." *

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