The NFL Players Association is “looking into” Eric Reid’s allegations against the NFL’s drug testing policy as the Panthers safety believes it is not random.
The players union wants to do what it can to ensure Reid is being treated fairly, according to ESPN, citing unidentified league sources.
The Panthers safety said Wednesday that he has been randomly drug-tested five times in eight games after taking an initial drug test in late September when he signed with Carolina. Pro Football Talk notes that 10 players from each team are selected at random for a PED test every week during the preseason and regular season.
“I know I’ve done nothing wrong, so I’m not concerned that my drug tests will come back … that I’ll fail that test,” Reid told reporters Wednesday. “But the system is lying, much like what I’m protesting. It’s supposed to be a random system.
“I’ve been looking at math statistics trying to talk to people. I think it’s like a 1 percent chance that somebody gets tested this much. Statistically, big problem.”
Reid, who said he has never failed a drug test to warrant so many tests, suggested that the excessive drug-testing was a result of his collusion grievance against the NFL. The NFLPA filed a grievance in May on Reid’s behalf, alleging that team owners and the league tried to prevent Reid from signing with a team because of his protests against racial and social injustice during the national anthem.
“I know what I’m dealing with,” Reid said. “I have a collusion case against the NFL. This is something that doesn’t surprise me from them. It’s supposed to be random. It’s obviously not. I’m not surprised about it. Even though it seems crazy on the outside looking in, and it is, I’m not surprised.
“I’m not losing any sleep over it, but it should be talked about,” he added. “It’s wrong.”