The NFL can be such a petty league sometimes. Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid thinks something funny is going on with the NFL’s random drug testing. According to a report by Marcel Louis-Jacques of the Charlotte Observer, Reid stated after the Panthers’ 30-27 loss to the Seattle Seahawks that the NFL has, yet again, selected him for a drug test. This is the sixth drug test he has been selected for since signing with the Panthers: His first was part of his physical when he joined the Panthers, but his past five have been 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."
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) November 25, 2018
According to the NFL’s Policies on testing for performance-enhancing substances, the league tests a total of 10 players per team during each week of the season, with the players tested selected by an administrator independent of the league via a computer program. While there is a case to be made that certain players could be given more tests for performance-enhancing drugs that others for a reason, there is also a case to be made that the circumstances surrounding Reid have put him in the cross-hairs of the league – Especially considering the fact that the movement that Reid was become associated with “hurt” the NFL’s bottom line.
Why would the NFL zero in on Reid? The obvious conclusion is it’s some sort of response to his kneeling during the national anthem and open support of Colin Kaepernick. In spite of what the NFL has thrown at him, Reid is on pace for an excellent season. Reid has made a total of 48 tackles on the season with two passes defended and an interception in Week Nine.