NEW YORK — The oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid had steroids in his room at the team’s training camp when he overdosed from heroin in August, according to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.
The steroids weren’t a factor in the death of Garrett Reid, Morganelli said at a news conference Monday. Reid was found dead in his dorm room on Aug. 5 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., during Eagles training camp and the county coroner later ruled it a heroin overdose.
Morganelli said in a telephone interview that there was no evidence Reid, who was working as a strength and conditioning coach for the Eagles, was supplying steroids to the players.
“The players who were interviewed were all very cooperative with the police department, to my knowledge,” the prosecutor said. “He was a body builder himself, from what I was told, and a lot of these steroids go in and out of your system quickly, so someone using steroids for that purpose could use a lot of them over a short period of time.”
Andy Reid said Monday in a statement that Morganelli’s report further confirmed his 29-year-old son’s troubles, and that Eagles players were in no way involved.
“I am confident that my son’s decisions did not affect our football team in any way,” Reid, 54, said. “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.”
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said in an October news conference that Garrett Reid’s body showed signs of persistent heroin use.
“Unfortunately Garrett Reid did have a battle with drug use,” he said.
Morganelli said his office came across the steroids while investigating the source of the heroin Reid used, as well as syringes and 19 vials of unknown liquid found in his gym bag. Morganelli Monday identified the substances as Testosterone Propionate, Boldenone Undecylenate, Nandrolone Phenyl Propionate and Trembolone Acetate, all anabolic steroids that can be used as muscle builders.
Lehigh University police have closed their investigation into Reid’s death after interviews with friends and acquaintances and a review of mobile-phone use prior to his death failed to produce leads on where he obtained the heroin or other drugs, Morganelli said.
Andy Reid took a six-week leave from the team in 2007 after the arrest of Garrett and another son, Britt Reid.
Garrett Reid was sentenced to 23 months following a guilty plea to charges of recklessly endangering another motorist and driving under the influence after causing a traffic collision. Police found him in possession of heroin and amphetamines after the accident.
Britt Reid pleaded guilty to charges including felony possession of a firearm without a license after he was accused of pointing a handgun at another driver in a traffic confrontation on the same day. Britt Reid served 22 months in jail.