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Re: Reid's son receives 23 months/Judge blasts family
Judge sentences Reid's sons, then rips coach
O'Neill gives Garrett, Britt 23 months in jail, calls home a 'drug emporium'
The Associated Press
updated 3:50 p.m. ET, Thurs., Nov. 1, 2007
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A judge who sentenced Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s sons on Thursday likened the coach’s home to “a drug emporium” and questioned whether his adult sons should live there.
“There isn’t any structure there that this court can depend upon,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said before sentencing Britt Reid to up to 23 months in jail plus probation.
“I’m saying this is a family in crisis,” O’Neill said.
Earlier Thursday, O’Neill sentenced Garrett Reid, a drug addict and dealer who said he got a thrill out of selling drugs in “the ’hood,” to up to 23 months in jail for smashing into another motorist’s car while high on heroin.
O’Neill noted that searches of the Reid home found illegal and prescription drugs throughout the house. He said both boys had been overmedicated throughout much of their lives.
“It sounds more or less like a drug emporium there, with the drugs all over the house and you are an addict,” O’Neill told Britt Reid.
Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, were in court but declined to comment.
“Andy and Tammy are supportive of their son. That has been their position since this all began. He will not comment on it,” defense attorney Ross Weiss said before the judge’s comments.
Both sons lived at their parents’ home in the suburb of Villanova at the time of their initial arrests. Andy Reid took a five-week leave from the Eagles in the offseason to deal with his family’s troubles but has repeatedly said he will not step down.
On Thursday, Britt Reid said everything he did, he did without his parents’ knowledge, but O’Neill questioned that.
Both Reids can apply for a special drug court program that would require them to report to authorities regularly, undergo rigorous drug testing and hold down jobs.
The 22-year-old Britt Reid was sentenced to eight to 23 months in jail plus five years’ probation on gun and drug charges. He can apply for the special drug program after five months.
Garrett Reid was sentenced to two to 23 months in the county prison plus one year of probation. He told O’Neill that he would apply to the drug court program.
“I don’t want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD’d and just faded into oblivion,” the 24-year-old said in court.
His addiction persists, according to authorities, who found 89 prescription drug pills in Reid’s jail cell Thursday morning. They believe he smuggled them in his rectum when he was jailed earlier this week.
“That’s consistent with someone as severely drug addicted as he is,” said the prosecutor, Senior Deputy Attorney General Marc Costanzo.
Just goes to show you how different perception can be from reality. I mean, Andy Reid seems like a good enough guy, but the facts that have come out in court paint a picture of an uninvolved, ineffective parent who, along with his wife, has "overmedicated" his children for most of their lives. Reid is probably closer with many of his players that he has ever been with his own kids. His sons, who really are young adults now, need to get out of that house, grow up, and take responsibility for their own recoveries and lives. What a sad and pathetic situation.
Yet another reason to appreciate Coach Mike "I'm a husband and father first" Tomlin.