NFL, NFLPA deny targeting Eric Reid with excessive drug testing

January 9, 2019 GMT

The NFL and NFL Players’ Association issued a joint statement Wednesday morning saying there was no evidence of “impropriety” after safety Eric Reid claimed he was subjected to a suspicious amount of drug testing.

“There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing,” the statement read.

The league and the union asked the longtime administrator of the PED-testing program to investigate after Reid spoke up, ESPN reported.

Reid signed with the Carolina Panthers a few weeks into the 2018 season. On Dec. 17, he told reporters he had been tested seven times since signing in September, an unusually high frequency for something supposed to be randomized.

Despite joining the Panthers, Reid is still going forward with a collusion case against the NFL similar to Colin Kaepernick’s. Reid alleged the league was conspiring to keep him unemployed as retaliation for kneeling for the national anthem alongside Kaepernick.

In addition to all this, Reid said in September he will use a fine the league handed down to him for a rough hit that wasn’t penalized as further evidence in the collusion case.