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Prosecutor: Steroids Found In Garrett Reid's Room

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A Pennsylvania prosecutor says his 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.

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

He says there was no evidence that Reid was giving the steroids to any Eagles players.

Reid's body was found in his dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was assisting the team's strength and conditioning coach. A coroner said the 29-year-old died of an accidental heroin overdose.

Reid had seemingly turned his life around after a long struggle with drug addiction.

Following the press conference, Andy Reid released a statement on the team's official website.

"As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years," the statement read. "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."

Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie also released a statement, calling the news "disappointing."

"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."

The statement continued to read: "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."

 

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