The death of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s son, Garrett Reid, continues to raise questions as more details emerge from authorities. In the latest twist, Garrett, who died of a heroin overdose, had steroids in his room at LeHigh University, where the Eagles hold their annual training camp.
“Lots of interviews were conducted by the police,” Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said, per the Associated Press. “And I can’t go into all of them, but all I can say is that we could not provide any evidence or substantiate that anybody in the Eagles organization was involved in this, or whether or not this was for his personal use. It was just undetermined.”
The Eagles released a statement from owner Jeffrey Lurie to claim that no one within the organization knew about Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids.
“The news today on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is disappointing,” Lurie said. “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.”
It’s easy to claim that there was no knowledge when drug test results are in your favor, but when your head coaches son has steroids at the site of the training camp it is going to raise some eyebrows. Just because players never test positive, does not mean they aren’t guilty of using illegal substances.
Andy Reid also released a statement on the new findings.
“Today’s report saddens me greatly, but only confirms the troubles Garrett encountered in the final years of his life,” Reid said. “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.”
It is unfortunate to have these details arise after the death of a family member, but Reid understands why this could cause some concern surrounding the organization.