Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Andy Reid responds to report that his son possessed steroids at his time of death

The Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid has responded to the report that steroids were found in his son Garrett’s room at the time of his death.

County District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday that anabolic steroids were found in the room where Garrett Reid was staying when he overdosed on heroin on Aug. 5.

Garrett was working with the team as part of their staff during their training camp.

In a statement released to Players View from the team, Reid’s tone was as could be expected.

“As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years. 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.”
Morganelli’s report stated that there is no evidence that the steroids were intended to be used by or distributed to Eagles players.

Eagles Chairman Jefferey Lurie also released a statement to Players View regarding the findings.

“The news today on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is disappointing. 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.”

Situations like this never get easier for anyone that is involved.
Adrian Glover

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