NFL, NFLPA deny impropriety in Eric Reid PED testing
The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have released a joint statement denying there was any impropriety in Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid's numerous performance-enhancing drug tests.
Reid received his seventh random drug test after Carolina's Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He suggested in November the excessive taking of samples was a result of his collusion grievance against the NFL.
The NFLPA filed a complaint in May on Reid's behalf, alleging that franchise owners and the league tried to prevent him from signing with a team because of his protests against racial and social injustice during the American national anthem.
In their statement regarding Reid's allegations over his drug tests, the NFL and NFLPA said: "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."