The Eagles are in full-fledged damage control, doing everything they can to stay ahead of the story that Garrett Reid, who was serving as an unofficial strength and conditioning coach, had 19 vials of steroids and 46 syringes in his dorm room at training camp when he died.
First, Andy Reid released a statement saying that he’s “confident [Garrett’s] decisions did not affect [the] football team,” a vague denial that Garrett was supplying members of the team with steroids.
Now Jeffrey Lurie, who acknowledged the possibility of an investigation from the NFL, via Reuben Frank:
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.
And this is how the Andy Reid era is going to end– under a cloud of suspicion that his dead son was supplying the team with steroids. Yeche.