The Carolina Panthers' Free Safety and known national anthem protester, Eric Reid, claimed he was treated unfairly by the NFL after reports of being drug tested too frequently. Reid was vocal to the media regarding the concern about the number of times he has been chosen for a “random” drug test.
The NFL’s drug test system is set up to compute a random testing of players chosen by a computer algorithm to ensure it is truly random.
The one time pro-bowler is insinuating the NFL is unfairly punishing him over specific actions, including, pre-game national anthem protests. However, a joint investigation speared by the NFL and NFL Players’ Association concluded there was absolutely no evidence that Eric Reid was targeted in the NFL’s P.E.D testing program.
The investigation was launched after Reid and the Panthers lost to the Saints on December 17, 2018.
During postgame interviews, Reid complained that it was the seventh different time he was drug tested for P.E.D’s this season. Which is definitely a bold claim.
He later went on to imply that his tests were not random, rather Reid believes he is being targeted due to his collusion grievance against the NFL. Reid continues to be one of the few players left protesting the national anthem during NFL games on Sunday.
Joint statements released by the NFL and NFLPA on Wednesday decided they were completely satisfied with the investigation, concluding there was no impropriety in the number of tests Reid has been given, Pro Football Talk reported.
"There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing,” read a sentence from the NFL and NFLPA joint statement.
The investigation yielded enough information to debunk Reid’s claims, finding the number of times he attested to being tested as a complete lie, and not accurate.
"The report also demonstrates that Mr. Reid's tests 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 that he was on the active roster,” said NFL officials.
The NFLPA filed the grievance against the league on Reid's behalf in May. The grievance alleged team owners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to prevent Reid's employment because of his protests against social injustice during the pregame national anthem.
Eric Reid’s grievance case will kick off at some point after the NFL season. Reid and his team have told the media he is "taking notes" about all the “unfairness” he faced this year due to targeting by the NFL. The Carolina Panther has also suggested the four fines he racked up this year for helmet to helmet contact, including a dirty hit on QB Ben Roethlisburger, are other examples of the NFL targeting him.
The joint investigation launched by the NFL and the NFLPA was strictly tasked with finding out information about Reid’s complaints regarding the NFL’s “unfair” random P.E.D testing program. Investigations regarding other Eric Reid claims will most likely conclude after the current NFL season.