Eagles Coach Andy Reid with his son Garrett in 2007. (Yong Kim / MCT )
Steroids were found in the room of Garrett Reid the day he died of a fatal heroin dose at Philadelphia Eagles training camp this summer, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday.
Reid, the son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid, was helping the team’s strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death, prompting speculation that the anabolic steroids could have been meant for players.
Northampton County Dist. Atty. John Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was providing players with the steroids and that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid’s personal use or distribution, according to the Associated Press.
The body of Reid, 29, was found in his dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where the Eagles stage training camp. Investigators searching the room found a used syringe and spoon, as well as a gym bag filled with syringes and needles, and 19 bottles of a liquid later found to be anabolic steroids.
Andy Reid released a statement Monday that, while not mentioning steroids by name, said the 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.”
Reid added: “I am confident that my son’s decisions did not affect our football team in any way.”
Shortly after that, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement saying he was “extremely confident” the steroids were related to Garrett Reid’s actions alone and that the drugs “did not involve our football team.”
Said Andy Reid: “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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