Eric Reid not the target of random drug tests, NFL and players association says

Eric Reid not the target of random drug tests, NFL and players association says
Eric Reid made his first start with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday against the New York Giants after signing with the team on September 27. (Source: Barnett, Andrew)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The NFL and the NFLPA released a joint statement regarding Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid and his accusations that he has been the target of excessive drug tests during the 2018 NFL season.

"We take any claim questioning the integrity of our collectively bargained performance enhancing drug policy seriously. 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, a former LSU player, is suing the NFL for collusion, saying he was kept out of the league, along with former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, for kneeling during the national anthem.

Reid said he was also forced to take at least six drug tests in 11 weeks after he rejoined the league with the Panthers.

Copyright 2019 WVUE. All rights reserved.