Trick-or-treating with his wife and two young sons Tuesday night, Brad Reiland cuts an image any father would be proud to display on television. But the TV image that haunts Reiland, is the one for which he was responsible Monday night.
The plastic beer bottle came onto the field so quickly some Monday Night Football viewers may have missed it. But Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady saw it. “Yeah, someone threw a bottle right onto the field and almost hit Ben (Watson). That's ridiculous.”
The season's most notorious Metrodome pass was thrown by a real estate agent from Prior Lake. “Definitely something I would take back if I could,” said Reiland. “But I did it, and I feel bad about it and want to apologize to both the Vikings and my family.”
Reiland said he drank too much at a tailgate party before heading into the Metrodome with his brother. His lapse in judgment brought sobering consequences. An arrest for disorderly conduct. Mug shots. Fingerprints. And public scorn.
“You just don't want it to be a danger to a player,” said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. “We're not at the roman coliseum.”
The season ticket holder from whom Reiland got his ticket -- a friend of a friend of his brother -- may now lose those seats. Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley says that’s team policy, but the decision won’t be made until an investigation is complete.
But already he says it's a teaching moment. The team will e-mail all its season ticket holders to remind them that they are responsible for the actions of anyone sitting in their seats.
“Obviously that's a big negative situation for that person and I feel really bad about it,” said Reiland. “I want to be accountable and help her out if there’s anything I can do.”
Brad Reiland regrets the beers he drank - and the one he should have.
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