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Steroids were in Reid‚??s room the day he died

December 18, 2012

EASTON ‚?? An 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, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday.


Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said that anabolic steroids were found in the room where Garrett Reid was staying when he overdosed on heroin Aug. 5 during Eagles training camp. Reid was helping the team‚??s strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death.


Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was giving the steroids to any Eagles players. He said that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid‚??s own use or for distribution.


The prosecutor showed little appetite for a deeper probe, saying his investigation was focused on the circumstances surrounding Reid‚??s death at age 29.


‚??The issue of steroids, it‚??s an illegal substance in Pennsylvania law. It has probably more significance in the sports world. But since it did not appear to be related to his death, we‚??re not pursuing that any further,‚?Ě Morganelli said.


Eagles Chairman Jeffrey Lurie called the news of the steroids disappointing, and noted that neither the organization nor the players were aware of or involved with anything related to the banned substances.


‚??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,‚?Ě Lurie said.


‚??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.‚?Ě


Lehigh University police were called to Reid‚??s dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem 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 room found a used syringe and spoon, 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.


Testing revealed the vials contained four types of anabolic steroids, Morganelli said.


But he said he did not have any evidence that Reid was distributing steroids to players.


Asked how aggressively his office and Lehigh University‚??s police department pursued the question, Morganelli said: ‚??Lots of interviews were conducted by the police. 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.‚?Ě


He acknowledged the quantity found could have been intended for distribution, ‚??but what I‚??m saying is I have no evidence of that, that there was any distribution by Mr. Reid, either here or anywhere else.‚?Ě


In a statement, Andy Reid said he was ‚??confident that my son‚??s decisions did not affect our football team in any way.‚?Ě


‚??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,‚?Ě the Eagles coach said.