Officials in Northampton County, Pa., announced Monday that Garrett Reid, Eagles coach Andy Reid’s eldest son, had steroids in his dorm room at Lehigh University when he died of a heroin overdose on Aug. 5.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli told the Associated Press and other media outlets that authorities found 19 vials of anabolic steroids. He also had 64 needles and 47 syringes in a gym bag that was discovered in the room.
Morganelli said the vials contained testosterone priopionate, bodenone undecylenate, nandrolone phenyl propionate and tremboling acetate.
“As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years,” Andy Reid said Monday in a statement released by the Eagles. “While there were some victories along the way, it ultimately was a battle that he lost and that cost him his life. Our family feels the pain of that loss every day.
“Today’s report saddens me greatly, but only confirms the troubles Garrett encountered in the final years of his life. As parents, we were encouraged by his apparent progress but, like many addicts, he was able to conceal the signs of relapse.”
“(Owner) Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles organization and the people of Philadelphia have been remarkably supportive of my family throughout our ordeal. I am confident that my son’s decisions did not affect our football team in any way. I cannot apologize enough for any adverse appearances that my son’s actions may have for an organization and a community that has been nothing but supportive of our family.”
Garrett Reid, 29, was attending training camp as a volunteer assistant with the Eagles’ strength and conditioning staff. There was no evidence that he was giving steroids to any Eagles players or where he obtained them.
The Eagles are subjected to stringent testing in accordance with NFL rules. No player has tested positive for any banned substance in the last four seasons. Cornerback Joselio Hanson, who is now with Oakland, was suspended for four games during the 2009 season when he tested positive for a banned substance after the 2008 NFC championship game.
At the time, Hanson’s attorney, David Cornwell, explained that Hanson did not use steroids but had tested positive for a diurectic. Cornwell explained that Hanson had felt bloated after eating some Chinese food and took a pill that was discovered to be a diurectic.
“The news today on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is disappointing,” Lurie said Monday in a statement released by the Eagles. “It’s clear the conduct in which he apparently engaged runs counter to the values and principles mandated for everyone associated with our organization. We have spoken with the league office and have pledged our full cooperation with their requests should there be any. While we remained saddened by the tragic end of a young man’s life and know how hard this must be for the entire Reid family, we are extremely confident that Garrett’s actions were unknown to those around him and did not involve our football team.
“The NFL has a rigorous drug testing program for its players. It is a matter of record that none of our players has tested positive for any of the steroids mentioned in the district attorney’s report.”
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