The Reid brothers were sentenced today on charges related to their separate traffic incidents in January. Britt Reid was sentenced to 8 to 23 months in jail plus 5 years' probation. Garrett Reid got 2 to 23 months in jail plus 1 year of probation. Both of them could apply for a special drug court program that would get them out of jail earlier.
In court Garrett said, "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." And yet, in court it was revealed that authorities found 89 pills in his jail cell this morning. They think he smuggled them in his rectum when he was jailed earlier this week after failing a drug test. He could face further charges as a result.
The probation report read in court said Garrett didn't use drugs until after he graduated high school. Then he started with pot and alcohol, and then prescription painkillers, then coke and heroin. He said he sold drugs out of his home to his friends (and his friends’ parents!), and even sold them in inner-city Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Andy Reid and his wife Tammy were in the courtroom but did not speak during the hearing, nor did they comment to reporters afterwards. Judge Steven O’Neill, however, was not as reluctant. Noting that searches of the Reid house found illegal and prescription drugs throughout, he told Britt Reid, "It sounds more or less like a drug emporium there, with the drugs all over the house and you are an addict.” He also called the Reids “a family in crisis” and questioned whether the boys should even be living there, saying, "There isn't any structure there that this court can depend upon.”
I can’t help but wonder how Andy Reid handles his children (and there are three younger children at home) compared to how he handles his players. On Sunday backup linebacker Matt McCoy committed a stupid personal foul on special teams when he blindsided Vikings punter Chris Kluwe after the punt return was over. On Monday McCoy was released. -- Joe Guckin