Last Updated: 11/01/19 8:07am
Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid’s legal team have rejected the findings in a report released by the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) saying there was no evidence he was targeted for drug testing.
In a letter to the NFL and NFLPA, Reid’s legal team requested more information as to how these findings were made, as well as a public correction of several dates the NFL used in its report that they claim are incorrect.
The lawyers have demanded a response and asked for access to all evidence, records, electronic messages and information sources used to determine the report’s findings.
On Wednesday, the league and union released the results of a joint investigation into Reid’s claim he was targeted by the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug testing program.
Reid, 27, was previously at the San Francisco 49ers where he and Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the U.S. national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police treatment of African-Americans.
After the Panthers’ game on December 17, Reid said he had undergone his seventh drug test since joining the team as a free agent in September.
He suggested the tests were not random and he was tested repeatedly because of a collusion grievance he had filed against the league.
A joint statement from the NFL and players association said their investigation showed no evidence of his claims.
The statement said: “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.”
Based on the collective bargaining agreement, drug testing is conducted by an independent laboratory – without the NFL or NFLPA’s involvement – with players names chosen at random by a computer.
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Reid also said he has never failed a test. Failed tests warrant more frequent testing tied to tiered penalties for further failed tests.
The San Francisco 49ers selected Reid with the No. 18 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Reid, 27, became the first player to join Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
The NFLPA filed a collusion grievance on Reid’s behalf in May alleging that NFL owners colluded to keep Reid from being signed, in response to his protests during the national anthem.
Reid, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was an unrestricted free agent from March until September 28, when the Panthers signed him following n injury to Da’Norris Searcy.