UPDATE: Garrett Reid, Who was Working as an Assistant Strength Coach for the Eagles, Had Steroids in His Room When He Died

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Now it’s appropriate to ask questions.

In October, just a day after officials confirmed that Garrett Reid had died of an accidental heroin overdose and said that a gym bag containing 19 vials of a clear, unknown liquid and syringes was found in his room, a Daily News article by Jason Nark raised an alarming question: Was the substance steroids?

A “law enforcement source familiar with drug investigations” told Nark that it could be. 

Today, Tom Shortell of The Express-Times is reporting that to be the case:

Sources familiar with the investigation say Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was in possession of steroids when he died Aug. 5 during Eagles training camp at Lehigh University.

Authorities have identified the substances in some of the vials as steroids, sources said. One source requested anonymity because that person is not authorized to release the information. 


Garrett was in Lehigh working, unofficially, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Eagles.

In post about that buried paragraph in Nark’s story, I wrote the following: Of course, if those 19 vials turn out to be steroids – a big if at this point – the story will be written this way, whether fair or not: Eagles assistant strength coach had a gym bag full of steroids at training camp. 

And now it can be written. And questions can be asked.

Jeff McLane of Philly.com tweets that a PA prosecutor will hold a press conference today to give an update on the investigation into Reid's death. Presumably, he will say that there were steroids in Reid's room.

Oddly, as this story broke today, Michael Vick, who hasn't spoken to the media in weeks, at first told reporters he wouldn't speak until Wednesday, and then suddenly, he changed his mind. Wonder why. Guessing one PR person wanted to wag that dog. No pun intended, of course.

UPDATE: Lehigh Valley Live kept a nice live blog of the press conference and here’s what was said.

DA John Morganelli said that the substances in the vials were various types of anabolic steroids, which, he explained, could by used for various bodybuilding effects and that some are easier to detect than others.

Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was giving the steroids to anyone else. Neither the Eagles nor the NFL have contacted the DA.

The steroids present were: testosterone propionate, boldenone undecylenate, nandrolone phenyl propionate, trembolone acetate.

There will be no more official investigation into the steroids since they did not cause the Garrett Reid's death.

I don’t have to connect any of those dots for you. But I’m guessing the NFL may take a crack at it.


36 Responses

  1. Doesn’t surprise me. It certainly raises a lot of questions. And could explain the collapse of the team to an extent.

  2. Just another in a long line of bad decisions by AR
    — who puts a junkie/convicted felon in charge of their steroid program

  3. if you want to have “sponsorship” from drinkers and the shirt people thats your choice but damn the whole page is nothing but a giant advertisements now.
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  4. Steroids, huh? Why am I not surprised? I’m trying not to be suspicious like Polish Coffin Stealer, but yeah, this does make you wonder. Coincidence? Probably not.

  5. The ads are getting a little ridiculous. There are 12 different fucking ads on the main page compared to the 8 articles on that same page.
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  6. Wahhhhhhh! Me no like advertisements that enable a website to continue to operate at no charge to it’s visitors. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  7. Working, unofficially, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for an NFL team
    is as shady as
    Working, unofficially, as a massage therapist and relaxation technician under the El at K&A

  8. Whomever designed this site and its graphics must be responsible for those shirts, they both have the same horribleness about them.

  9. The only part of the ads that annoy me is the one that scrolls down as you scroll down. (I’m on an iphone) then when I push the red X to get rid of it I end up pushing the ad behind the X. Just annoying that’s all

  10. Kyle, stop playing around on the computer and get a real job.
    By the way, here’s another chack for $5.76 from girlsofphilly.com

  11. Am I the only one that thinks that picture on the scoreboard of this dead douchecock sums him up perfectly? Tell me that is not the douchecock face of a spoiled rich kid who thought he was untouchable. Glad he’s dead.

  12. Well, I don’t wish death on the guy but I thought there was something besides his overdose going on. Wonder if he was selling them on the side since he was a drug dealer. In fact, he said he liked being a drug dealer.

  13. This story made my week. When this piece of shit died, you’d have thought another space shuttle blew up with a teacher on it. What a tragedy.

  14. How good of a coach can Andy really be when he obviously has had either no interest or no success in raising his own privileged kids?

  15. Relax guys … The Eagles knew about this and have taken care of the matter. My sources have told me that Tim McDermott, the former SVP Marketing and Rob Zeigler, the former VP Public Relations were total “roid heads”.

  16. I wonder how badly this would’ve blown up if the Birds were 10-4 instead of 4-10. I do remember reading that line that the substances may have been ‘roids. Kinda wondering why it took so long to get confirmed.

  17. Whoever was buying them off of him is probably very glad he’s dead, although this kid seems like enough of a moron to keep a record of his transactions on his smartphone or something.

  18. Wow dude, I thought you had a job, explaining the lack of effort of your posts. But, I guess as long as the site traffic keeps going up, you’ll be able to pay your bills. Kudos to you I guess.

  19. There will be no more official investigation into the steroids since they did not cause the Garrett Reid’s death.
    Is that like “The Ohio State”?

  20. A poster naming himself after a spaghetti sauce(Francesco Rinaldi)has no room to call anybody a moron.

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  22. The Drugging of America. Some of our troops are guarding the poppy fields in Afghanistan. Some college Economic books devote a chapter to “The Heroin Trade”. Look at this list and tell me “It’s the guns that do it”……
    Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Colombine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.
    Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
    Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.
    Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
    Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
    Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
    Jarred Viktor, age 15, stabbed his grandmother 61 times after 5 days on Paxil.
    Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.
    Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.
    A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.
    Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded.
    A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.
    Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.
    TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.
    Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

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