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Andy Reid Says Sons Decisions Didn’t Affect the Eagles Football Team

Dec 17, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

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With the news that Andy Reid’s son Garrett was in possession
of steroids at the time of his death, it’s tempting to leap to conclusions. In
a statement through the Philadelphia Eagles, the head coach attempted to squash
such an association.

“As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for
many years. 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.

“Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles organization and the people of Philadelphia
have been remarkably supportive of my family throughout our ordeal. I am
confident that my son’s decisions did not affect our football team in any way.
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.”

In other words, it is not believed at this time that there was any connection to the steroid supply found in Garrett’s dorm at Lehigh University — site of Eagles training camp — and the team’s players. It’s worth noting nobody has tested positive for a PED, either. However, no definitive word on who they were for.