Reid's oldest son behind bars -- again

May, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The thought occurred to me recently that it had been a while since we'd heard about Andy Reid's boys getting in trouble. The topic barely came up during the '08 season after it had dominated the buildup to the '07 season.

But now Reid's eldest son, Garrett, has been sent to Graterford Prison, according to this Daily News report. The Montgomery County district attorney said Reid failed a drug test at a local halfway house. Initial reports indicated that Reid's son had been in some type of altercation at the halfway house, but the district attorney didn't confirm that.

No matter what happened, it's another sad chapter in what has become a sad story of addiction. There were some people who suggested in 2007 that Reid take some time off to be with his family. His 24-year-old son, Britt, also spent time in a county drug-court program.

Sadly, Reid is now used to his sons being in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. I have no doubt that he's spent time and resources trying to get them help. At some point, though, it's up to them to become productive citizens.

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