Garrett Reid Found with Steroids

Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli reveals that vials found with Garrett Reid when he died were steroids.

Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, had a large amount of steroids in his room when he died of an accidental heroin overdose this summer.

Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli said at a press conference Monday afternoon that Reid, 29, was in possession of vials that contained performance-enhancing steroids.

Morganelli said the vials contained four types of anabolic steroids that increase testosterone and build muscles. Reid was working with the Eagles' strength and conditioning team, but Morganelli could not determine whether Reid used the steroids personally or was supplying others.

"I have no evidence there was any distribution occurring," Morganelli said.

Reid died on Aug. 5 in his dorm at Philadelphia Eagles training camp at Lehigh University. At that time, Morganelli said, Reid was in possession of "a substantial amount of syringes and needles." A used syringe and spoon were also found, he said.

The drug paraphernalia discovered in a Reebok gym bag in Reid's apartment room at Lehigh University included:

  • 64 needles
  • 47 syringes
  • 19 vials of an unknown liquid (which turned out to be steroids.)

Reid struggled almost 10 years with drug addiction and drug dealing. He was helping at camp with players' strength training and conditioning.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said that toxicology reports suggested "chronic use" of drugs.

For a full story on the Garrett Reid press conference, see our Patch.com sites on Tuesday.

David Franklin December 18, 2012 at 02:44 AM
There needs to be an investigation of the Philadelphia Eagles now and which players bought drugs and steroids from the coach's son!
the VOICE December 18, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Thanks Patch for bringing us the "NEWS"!
Rosemary Reed Bandura December 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM
news is news and a job is a job. The man is just doing his job. Use the delete button if you are not interested or happy about it. Freedom of speech allows you your opinion but like someone qouted "don't shoot the messenger"
Marc Lombardi December 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Bull. It's the news. Just because you don't like what it could mean for Reid's family or the team doesn't make it any less worthwhile for others to know -- especially because this was information provided at a PRESS conference.
Marc Lombardi December 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Bob: So let me get this straight -- Patch is only for news that you deem to be happy news? Glad to know you enjoy that rose-colored filter on reality.
Marc Lombardi December 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM
The Breaking News alert is voluntary. You can decide to not receive them at any time. If someone with such a sensitive mind as yours can't handle them I would suggest unclicking the option, for your own mental health. Seriously? Some of the people making comments here are ridiculous.
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM
My opinion is that it was not worthy of a breaking news alert and you've lost a subscriber because of it. In the past, I've received breaking news alerts about reported crimes: when Hymie's in Merion was robbed at gunpoint and when there was a stabbing two blocks from my house. I actually go to Hymie's and I run outside past the location where the stabbing took place. It is true that I've gotten a few about traffic jams and accidents in my area...Ardmore, Merion Wynnewood, and those have been helpful. I fail to see how a news conference about Andy Reid's son months after he died qualifies as a breaking news alert like the others I've received. Look, you are the Patch. Cover local community things. That's your appeal. I don't care to get breaking news alerts about the NFL. If I did, I would subscribe to ESPN or one of the SEVERAL other available options for sports news. But thanks for telling me to "get a grip and grow up." That was a significantly helpful and intelligent response, much like the breaking news alert about Andy Reid's son.
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM
P.S. I did use the delete. Goodbye subscription to the Patch. Good bye Breaking News Alerts. Just wanted to say why.
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Last but not least, Rosemary, news is news, that is true...but if you send insignificant Breaking News Alerts, it will end up like the boy who cried wolf. Eventually, it loses it's significance and no one pays attention. Or, people simply unsubscribe because there is no value in having it b/c it doesn't make their lives any more convenient...just another e-mailed item to delete.
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Why did I get it if I subscribe to Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood Breaking News Alerts? Maybe you need to fix that. Even if it is in Bethlehem, this is still not typically the same as the other alerts I have gotten in the past. Based on your remarks, which are quite impolite, I can't tell if you really want to make the site better or more subscriber-friendly. I think you are supposed to foster healthy debate. Instead you make personal remarks & conjecture about people, like myself, who are airing valid frustrations about your site. Not really a recipe for maintaining readership or encouraging people to comment.
George Hughes December 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM
It's not revelant news . He died in august and nobody cared the next day . And you know what ? Nobody cares now ! You can tell its a slow news day . Just like the media in Conn. They can't leave the families and the town alone to grieve. What purpose does this new information in his sons death serve ? Absolutely none ! And this isn't directed at just the patch , but to all media .
OMG December 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Now that I think about it and what some people mentioned in the posts, the team have been down since his death. I mean the way they have been playing since makes you wonder and think about how they were playing before. Now they just can't get it right. It bothers me to that Andy has Vick at third quarterback and not starting as he started. Don't get me wrong Foles is good for back-up right now. He is turning the ball over just as bad and yes he won a game but really Andy.
Dynamo47 December 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I cannot understand why this is even being debated. Of course it is news. In a football crazy town like Philadelphia where the coach's son was working with the strength and conditioning coach is found with steroids? This is major news given the volume of syringes and the liquid turning out to be steroids. Did he give them to the players? Was he dealing steroids? Either way you better believe the NFL Security team will think it is news worthy. Not to mention that a 29 year old son of a pro football coach lost his life to drugs. Now there he was found with steroids on his person. That is as tragic a story as it gets. If his death helps one young person reconsider their drug use or turns them away from steroids than it certainly is news worth printing. Good job Patch for printing all the news without a bias. That is what reporting is all about!
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I respectfully disagree: more information in the form of a Breaking News Alert is NOT a good thing. The amount of available information in today's world is absolutely overwhelming and staggering. If a media outlet wants people to read and remain significant to its readership, then it needs to be very selective about what it e-mails as a Breaking News Alert. As subscribers, we are entrusting the editors as our first filter. You are looking at all of the days' news stories and deciding what will impact our day and deciding how to share it. This story about Garrett Reid is news and I understand why it is on the Patch, but as far as a breaking news alert, it is not worthy. I have a choice when I get the e-mail, but do you want your readers to open them, or do you want them to continually delete before reading them b/c you have a reputation of alerting your readers about insignificant stories? Or when your readers decide they are getting too much junk, they file your e-mail as SPAM? I also think it is a cop out to say "the service is free." Every news service online is free, with the exception of publications such as The New Yorker, etc. You get revenue from advertising dollars. If you lose subscribers, your publication becomes less popular among advertisers. You have a commitment to your readers and advertisers. By putting out this story as an alert & then being disrespectful in your commentary, you're not setting yourself apart.
Kim December 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM
*standing ovation* Well said Daryl. Some people cannot possibly imagine that if this story isn't important to them, that it could matter to others. They are amazed that there could be possibly be an opinion different than their own and, if there are differing opinions from their own, they certainly couldnt be valid! A newspapers job is to present all the news and let readers determine what they are personally interested in. Marc, the more of your comments I read on here, the more I like you. Its such a relief to see that not everyone in the local area is in need of a smack on the back of the head.
Marc Lombardi December 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
There's a sale at Bloomingdales and I got a breaking news alert. Won't someone think of the children?!
Marc Lombardi December 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Actually, I think Lori should leave if she feels that strongly about it. It's probably for the best -- not just for her sanity but four that of the people who comment here. I prefer to read news from an organization that is not going to filter what it feels is news and what it doesn't feel is news. If I wanted that I'd register with FoxNews.com. Keep up the great work
ron December 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Compared to the shooting in newtown this story is very insignificant. But in general it is an interesting story that brings up many issues and was a big news in august. So keep up the good work patch but dont harshly judge people that are emotionally upset because of the shooting in newtown.
Susan Koomar December 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Hi everyone. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this story. We appreciate your views and they absolutely shape our news decisions at Patch. Comments here by Patch Editor Daryl Nerl didn't reflect that spirit so I've removed them. Please continue to let us know how we are doing in this space or, if you prefer, by emailing me directly at susan.koomar@patch.com. I'm the regional editor for the Lehigh Valley and I welcome your emails on any topic.
My 2 Cents December 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
All this fighting in the comments section about the reporting is crazy. If you don't like something don't read it or watch it, it's that simple! Garrett made some very bad life choices and it should be public so our kids hopefully will learn something from this. It's not a good idea, no matter who you are or who your parents are, to think you are above the law and you are above the statistics. Do I feel sorry for this parents, yes very much, but this is news and they are public figures. It should be reported as such, which it was.
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Thanks to others for their comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on whether or not the Garret Reid steroid story is worthy of an e-mail alert. I would be happy to send you a list of the types of local stories that I, as a reader, would be interested in knowing about via breaking news alerts. Because of the structure of your replies, I don't know if you'd really want it. There is a big difference between Hymies being robbed at gunpoint and the Garret Reid story from yesterday. I could have read yesterday's story this morning when I typically read The Patch. Hymies is less than two miles from my house. That is an area I avoided when I received the alert. The same with the stabbing. It was directly beneficial to me and others in my community at the time we received it. A follow up on that story months after it was first reported in a different county would probably not be helpful to anyone in my opinion. My e-mail inbox is continually bombarded with insignificant emails as it is. I try to unsubscribe from as many as possible. I am disappointed to add The Patch to the list. If the editor of my particular Patch had more control over the breaking news alerts sent to her Patch's readers, I'd consider re-subscribing. It appears from this feed that the writers and editors disagree about what should be a breaking news alert. I hope this debate improves the site.
Jen December 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Report all the news you want, but Lori was 100% correct, it was certainly not BREAKING NEWS. It would have better been suited in the normal daily news roundup that they email. The man is dead...if had risen, that would have been breaking news.
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thank you, Susan. My faith is beginning to be restored.
Susan Koomar December 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Thanks for your feedback, Lori. Our Local Editors do have the authority to send out news alerts on stories specific to your community such as the armed robbery you mention! Another type of alert our readers seem to appreciate is anything significant on traffic accidents or detours - unexpected problems that could seriously disrupt your day. Across eastern Pa., we have more than 40 Patch editors and managers so there will be disagreement among us at times but we'll use this opportunity to improve communication and work more closely together on these decisions. Please feel free to e-mail me any time at susan.koomar@patch.com. Thanks again!
Lori Israeli December 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Some of my comments above no longer make sense w/o Daryl's comments. Please know I was responding to him and not to the kind sentiments of Susan above.
European American. December 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I read the patch quite often. My suggestion for the patch writers are guidelines for the phrase "breaking news". The other day the breaking news was that a local high school choir was beat out by another local high school choir. That is in no way breaking news. It's just like the rest of the media. It's a ploy to get you to click on the link so they can have more viewers and better ratings.
Kim December 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I guess since I agreed with Daryl, it was ok to delete my comment? Maybe if I start to threaten to stop receiving texts, Patch will put my comments back up?
Lori Israeli December 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM
My responses to se of Daryl's comments were also deleted, I think they had to delete the thread we responded to when they deleted his comments. The ones where I responded directly to his statements were deleted. I think yours were on the same thread. I think we also lost a Patch editor's comment as well as one from the author of the article.
Lori Israeli December 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Kim December 20, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Gotcha Lori. Thanks!


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