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January 19, 2019

Eric Reid wasn’t targeted with drug tests, the NFL and NFLPA claim despite Panthers safety getting 7 tests in 11 weeks

January 9, 2019

According to Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, he was drug tested seven times in 11 weeks during the regular season.

On Wednesday morning, the NFL and the National Football League Players Association released a statement in response to Reid’s concerns.

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“We take any claim questioning the integrity of our collectively bargained performance enhancing drug policy seriously. We asked the independent administrator of the policy to review and produce a report on the claims of targeting. A copy of this report, which contains personal and confidential testing information, has been provided to Eric Reid. We will not breach any player’s confidentiality, but can confirm that the report documents the dates he was randomly selected for testing and the actual dates of the drug tests.

“The report also demonstrates that Mr. Reid’s test were randomly generated via computer algorithm and that his selection for testing was normal when compared with the number of tests players were randomly selected for throughout the league during the time he was an on an active roster. There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing.”

Eric Reid wasn’t buying the ‘random testing’ idea as the Carolina Panthers safety felt unjustly targeted by the league. (Mike McCarn / AP)

Back in December, the NFL and the NFLPA requested a report from the independent administrator of their drug-testing program after Reid questioned why he had been tested so many times in a short window. Dr. John Lombardo has overseen the league’s drug-testing programs for 28 years, as the program was collectively bargained and jointly administered by the NFL and NFLPA.

“I’ve been here 11 weeks, I’ve been drug-tested seven times,” Reid previously said in a video. “That has to be statistically impossible. I’m not a mathematician, but there’s no way that’s random.”

A month before, Reid stated that it “doesn’t feel very random” after he was selected for his fifth test. According to a report from Yahoo! Sports that used a cumulative binomial probability calculator, there was a 0.17% chance of Reid getting randomly selected six times in 11 chances, giving him a 1-in-588 chance.

Earlier in the day in which Reid was selected for his seventh random test, he honored his former teammate and close friend, Colin Kaepernick, by wearing some Know Your Rights Camp-inspired cleats.

After being a free agent at the beginning of the season, Reid signed with the Panthers in late September only after Carolina had injury woes. He previously filed a grievance against the league, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the NFL. Reid filed his case and accused the Cincinnati Bengals of improper actions when they asked him if he would continue to kneel during a free agent visit last offseason. An arbitrator ruled that the Bengals were within their rights and had not violated the collective bargaining agreement.

When Reid was with the San Francisco 49ers, he was one of the first teammates to kneel in peaceful protest against racism and police brutality next to Kaepernick, and continued to kneel throughout the 2018 regular season.

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