Panthers safety Eric Reid was drug-tested this season, but apparently not the seven times that he claimed.
A joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA released Wednesday denied the notion that Reid was targeted unfairly for drug testing and called the amount of times he was tested “normal” after an independent investigation.
“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 statement said. “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 an active roster. There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing.”
Reid previously expressed skepticism toward the league’s drug-testing policy after a Dec. 17 game against the Saints, saying he had been singled out and tested seven times. The Washington Post reported that the report stated the number was not accurate.
A copy of the report on the drug-testing policy, which was commissioned by an independent administrator after Reid’s claims, was also provided to the player.
A former Pro Bowler and first-round pick, Reid went unsigned this summer after parting ways with the 49ers. Reid was the second player (after former teammate Colin Kaepernick) to become involved in protests during the national anthem and felt his political actions were hurting his chance of finding a new team.
The NFLPA filed a grievance in May for alleged collusion against Reid, who eventually signed with the Panthers this season during their Week 4 bye week.
The safety ended 2018 with 71 total tackles and an interception in 13 games.