December 17, 2012
Andy Reid's son had steroids at Eagles training camp
A Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday that his investigation into the fatal heroin overdose of Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, revealed there were steroids in his room the day he died.
He said there was no evidence that Reid was giving the steroids to any Eagles players and that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid’s own use or for distribution.
Morganelli also said that steroids had nothing to do with Reid’s death.
“As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years. While there were some victories along the way, it ultimately was a battle that he lost and that cost him his life,” Reid said in a statement Monday. “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.
“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’s body was found in his dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach. A coroner said the 29-year-old died of an accidental heroin overdose.
Lehigh University police were called to Reid’s dorm room around 7:20 a.m. on Aug. 5, arriving after Eagles team physician Dr. Omar Elkhamra had tried to revive him with a defibrillator.
Investigators searching his dorm room found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened, as well as 19 vials of an unknown liquid that was to undergo testing.
More recently, exercise and training had become his passion and he aspired to make it a career. At the time of his death, he had been helping strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin.