Since joining the Carolina Panthers, Eric Reid has been drug tested six times.
The 26-year-old has taken his sixth drug test since joining the team. This means Reid has taken five random tests in eight games played, per Marcel Louis-Jacques. That is a lot of random testings within a short amount of time. So, it’s understandable why he feels the league has put a bullseye on his back.
“This is supposed to be a random system,” Reid said Sunday. “It doesn’t feel very random.”
Eric Reid was randomly selected by the NFL to take a drug test today. He told me it’s his 6th drug test since signing w/ Panthers on Sept. 27, 5th random (1st test was part of his physical). “This is supposed to be a random system. It doesn’t feel very random.
But despite the NFL’s multiple testings, he says he has nothing to hide nor has taken anything illegally.
“This is like the fifth time since I’ve been here,” Reid said. “They’re not going to catch me on anything.”
Reid currently has an active collusion grievance against the league, even while being active on the roster. He was one of the first players to support and join Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustices.
Right now, there’s no substantial evidence connecting the league’s drug testing actions with Reid’s activism but this does look suspect.