Steroids found in room of Andy Reid’s son

December 17, 2012

Andy Reid’s son was working as a volunteer on the Eagles’ strength and conditioning staff at the time of his death.  (Brynn Anderson / AP)

Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, had 19 vials of steroids in his room at Lehigh University when he died from an accidental heroin overdose Aug. 5, according to authorities.

Reid, who had fought a long battle with addiction, was a volunteer on the Eagles’ strength and conditioning staff and also had 64 needles and 47 syringes in a gym bag in his dorm room, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said (via Philly.com).

Several types of steroids, including testosterone and other chemicals used by bodybuilders, were in the vials, according to Morganelli. There is no evidence that Reid, 29, was giving the steroids to anyone else and neither the NFL nor the Eagles, he said, have contacted his office. The vials contained testosterone propionate, boldenone undecylenate, nandrolone phenyl propionate and trembolone acetate, according to Morganelli.

“As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years,” Andy Reid said 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.

“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, his parents said at the time of his death, had battled addiction for about eight years and had served time in prison. 

“The news today on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is disappointing,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. “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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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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