CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is aware of what he would do as a participant if he had been chosen seven occasions for a random drug take a look at as free security Eric Reid says has occurred to him.
“I suppose there was one thing about some mathematician saying it is extremely inconceivable, however positively potential,” Rivera stated Thursday. “However I will say this: If my title got here up that many occasions, I would purchase a lottery ticket.”
Reid posted on social media following Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints that he had his seventh random take a look at since signing with the Panthers in late September. He put “random” in quotes.
Quantity 7… “Random” pic.twitter.com/6HkxXCZhQP
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) December 18, 2018
Reid continues to recommend the NFL is concentrating on him as a result of of his collusion grievance in opposition to the league. The grievance was filed in Could by the NFLPA on Reid’s behalf, alleging staff homeowners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to stop Reid’s employment as a result of of his protests in opposition to social injustice through the pregame nationwide anthem.
Reid, the primary participant to be part of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling through the anthem, continues to pursue the grievance. He additionally continues to kneel through the anthem.
Panthers security Eric Reid stated the NFL’s drug-testing system is “clearly not” random, and a supply informed ESPN that the NFL Gamers Affiliation is wanting into his allegation that the league is concentrating on him with extreme testing
Reid’s lawyer and the NFLPA, sources informed ESPN, are wanting into the matter. Nevertheless, in accordance to the collective bargaining settlement, the NFL and NFLPA usually are not concerned within the testing. It’s carried out by an unbiased laboratory.
“They’ll say it is random all they need,” Panthers vast receiver Torrey Smith stated. “Someday it has to make sense. It may be random, however if you happen to maintain seeing the identical man popping up, what about [another] participant over right here taking PEDs, or no matter. You are lacking out. You are testing the identical man.”
Smith stated he has been examined “perhaps three” occasions for the reason that season started, together with the take a look at each participant takes at the beginning of coaching camp.
“I suppose there is a small probability we will make the hit [winning the lottery] to make one million,” Smith stated of Reid being examined seven occasions. “They are saying it is random, however you’ve to add to that, it would not make sense.”
Reid’s grievance is scheduled to be heard after the season. Whereas there is not quite a bit he can say now, Reid made it clear he and his representatives are “taking notes” about all the things that has occurred the previous few months.
Past the drug tests, Reid was fined $10,zero26 for his unsportsmanlike penalty in opposition to Philadelphia tight finish Zach Ertz and one other $10,zero26 for his hit of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that resulted in his ejection, which Reid and Rivera stated was unwarranted.
Reid additionally was fined $26,739 for his hit on a defenseless participant (Tampa Bay’s Adam Humphries).
Reid’s nice for the Ertz penalty was rescinded by the league after an enchantment. Ertz, who additionally was known as for an unsportsmanlike penalty on the play, was not fined.
Reid nonetheless is ready to hear the result of the opposite two appeals.
“I am not involved I am going to fail a drug take a look at,” Reid stated. “I’ve by no means failed a drug take a look at in my life. It isn’t like I am anxious about it. However it’s duly famous that it is occurred. It is [like] cease and frisk. If I am strolling down the road, I do know I am not doing something unlawful, however that does not imply I should be stopped each time I am going exterior.
“I do know what I am going up in opposition to. I am not shocked by this. That is some of the least stunning issues that I am conscious of on this collusion case. So my teammates are extra shocked about it than I’m.”
Requested how he can clarify the seven random tests when the NFL isn’t concerned within the testing, Reid stated: “I understand that the league is full of you fill within the blanks. I want I may see y’alls faces if what I do know turns into public from this lawsuit.”