The aftermath of the death of Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, has resulted in an unexpected twist. Although Garrett Reid died of a heroin overdose, authorities have now disclosed that steroids were found in Garrett Reid’s room at Lehigh University, site of the team’s training camp.
No evidence has been found that Garrett Reid, who was working with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, had distributed steroids to players.
“Lots of interviews were conducted by the police,” Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said, via 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.”
Still, the fact that the son of the head coach had steroids at training camp doesn’t look good. And the Eagles know that, given that the Eagles have issued multiple statements in response to the disclosure.
“The news today on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is disappointing,” 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.”
Still, the fact that players aren’t caught using steroids doesn’t mean they’re not using steroids. And when the son of the head coach is assisting with the strength and conditioning staff and has steroids in his possession at training camp, it all looks a little fishy, at a minimum.
Andy Reid also addressed the situation, in a statement released by the team.
“Today’s report saddens me greatly, but only confirms the troubles Garrett encountered in the final years of his life,” Andy 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.”
In our view, Garrett Reid’s use of heroin and possession of steroids are two separate issues. Regardless of what he was doing with steroids, those substances have a far different use and purpose than recreational drugs like heroin.