Eric Reid’s allegations have been put to rest.
The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Wednesday denying any impropriety in the Panthers safety’s numerous performance-enhancing drug tests.
“We take any claim questioning the integrity of our collectively bargained performance enhancing drug policy seriously,” the statement read. “We asked the independent administrator of the policy to review and produce a report on the claims of targeting. A copy of this report, which contains personal and confidential testing information, has been provided to Eric Reid. 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 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 received his seventh random drug test after Carolina’s Week 15 loss to the Saints, which is more than any other player in the NFL this year. He suggested in November 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 him from signing with a team because of his protests against racial and social injustice during the national anthem.