NFL, NFLPA: ‘No evidence’ Eric Reid was targeted with repeated drug tests
The NFL and NFLPA on Wednesday issued a joint statement indicating there is “no evidence” that Eric Reid was targeted with random drug tests as a member of the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season.
The statement, via NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Joint statement from NFL and NFLPA says a report from the independent administrator of the drug policy showed no evidence Eric Reid was targeted for testing. pic.twitter.com/dTXvVRMTqR— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 9, 2019
Reid railed against the so-called randomness of his drug tests after being ordered to submit a sample for the seventh time in December.
Number 7… ”Random” pic.twitter.com/6HkxXCZhQP— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) December 18, 2018
Panthers S Eric Reid on his seventh random drug test this year and whether it will be part of his grievance case against the league pic.twitter.com/w0Heqzj264— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 18, 2018
Reid is considered one of the better safeties in the NFL after playing five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Despite some interest from a handful of teams in free agency this past offseason, Reid remained unemployed until the Panthers signed him to a one-year deal in late September.
Reid joined then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in launching the anthem protest movement during the 2016 season. Like Kaepernick, Reid is currently embroiled in a lawsuit after filing a collusion grievance against the NFL.
Reid is expected to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, although Panthers head coach Ron Rivera expressed an interest in bringing the safety back next season.