Latest On Eric Reid, NFL

Eric Reid claims he was drug tested six or seven times after joining the Panthers last season, leading the safety to openly question whether the league was specifically targeting him. On Wednesday morning, the NFL and NFLPA released a statement saying there’s “no evidence” of any tampering in the testing schedule. 

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,” the two parties said in the joint statement. “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.”

Furthermore, the league and union inquire found that Reid’s claim of being tested six times in his first eleven weeks with the team was not accurate, a source tells Joe Person of The Athletic (on Twitter). Still, the findings of the investigation are unlikely to comfort Reid, who is at odds with the NFL. Reid still has a collusion grievance pending against the league and knelt during the national anthem in 2018.

Reid’s situation likely led to a prolonged stint in free agency last year, but the Panthers are already showing interest in keeping him off the open market this year.

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9 comments on “Latest On Eric Reid, NFL

  1. Hannibal8us

    So the League and the Union are claiming he lied about how many times he was tested. If they have evidence for that doesn’t that look really bad for his collusion grievance?

    • bencole

      Well, they didn’t say he lied, they said it was not accurate. Maybe it was a big inaccuracy, maybe it was small, like it was 5, or it was the first 12 weeks or something. And no, I don’t think it’s meaningful to his collusion case. I don’t even think they’ll be able to use it, I can’t see a court letting that evidence in under Rule 403.

  2. Kwflanne

    The old “this guy is an idiot…” just doesn’t even do him justice. What next? Get injured in a contact play on the field and the NFL sent a hitman out there to finish your career??

  3. The guy has problems all over the NFL .. maybe its time he goes to another league and and just let his lawsuits play out. He can add this as a grievance as well and put a defamation spin on it if he so chooses. This will relieve a lot of non-sense and headache on both sides.

    Curious if he says he is targeted and they prove his counts are incorrect can they go back and hit him with a defamation lawsuit? Also with that would it effect his collusion lawsuit. I would think not since it is 2 separate issues but just curious of others thoughts or knowledge on the subject.

    • nevermind i see this was answered earlier … damn no edit over here like mlb side.

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