Eric Reid Was Just Given A Statistically Improbable 7th Drug Test In 11 Games
He isn't worried about being caught slippin'.
Update (December 18, 2018): Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid was called for another drug test after his team's game with the New Orleans Saints on Monday. The test is the seventh Reid has had this year, according to The Bleacher Report.
Number 7... ”Random” pic.twitter.com/6HkxXCZhQP— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) December 18, 2018'
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All NFL players are subject to random drug tests. Yahoo Sports reports 10 players on every team must be tested postgame. The Panthers have 72 players; according to Yahoo's calculations, there's only a 0.17 percent or 1-in-588 chance Reid would be randomly tested six times over 11 games (his first test was a mandatory one conducted during a physical exam following his signing).
Reid told reporters he doesn't believe the tests are random at all.
"I've been here 11 weeks; I've been drug tested seven times," the safety said. "That has to be statistically impossible. I'm not a mathematician, but there's no way that's right."
Eric Reid has been randomly drug tested 7 times in 11 weeks.— The Riot Report (@RRiotReport) December 18, 2018'
You can’t see the air quotes he put around randomly. pic.twitter.com/G40m4gQSO3
Players are supposed to be randomly chosen for the tests by a computer program. While it is possible the program has picked Reid each time, some believe there is something else behind the constant summons for screening: Reid's activism.
Eric Reid random drug tests: 7th test in 11 weeks. RANDOM? What the NFL has done to Reid, a really solid guy by ALL accounts, is criminal. He supported a guy who knelt to bring attention to systematic racial oppression! The NFL’s actions are so transparent https://t.co/Jy6DfrGNFN— Larry Krueger (@sportslarryknbr) December 18, 2018'
I think it's very obvious Eric Reid is NOT being "randomly" selected for these drug tests. But what I don't understand is the end game. If he is yet to fail, why think he magically will? Is it more about sending a message? Is it a show of power? Or just to keep targeting him?— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) December 18, 2018'
Listen to this...— Let me clear my throat... (@LadieTee7) December 18, 2018'
This is what they do.. pic.twitter.com/H2hTlroFCM
Reid famously knelt to protest police brutality alongside his former teammate Colin Kaepernick. Unlike Kaepernick, Reid was signed to a team this season and has used his platform to continue his protest through kneeling, statements made to the press and in his attire, like these cleats he wore during a game:
Like Kaep, Reid has an open collusion case pending against the NFL. He has said he will continue to take whatever tests are assigned to him without complaint, and he will include the statistically improbable number of screenings he's been tasked with as part of his evidence for the case.
Original: Eric Reid believes he is being unfairly targeted by the NFL’s random drug testing policy.
The Carolina Panthers’ safety told The Charlotte Observer’s Marcel Louis-Jacques he has been drug-tested six times, including his physical, since he joined the team on September 27. That's a little more than a test every week and a half.
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).— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) November 25, 2018'
"This is supposed to be a random system. It doesn't feel very random."
"This is supposed to be a random system. It doesn't feel very random,” Reid said.
Although he suspects the testing may have something to do with his decision to continue the #TakeAKnee protests, the Panther remains unbothered.
"They're not going to catch me on anything," he said.
The NFL chooses which players to test based on computer software that randomly selects 10 players every week, according to Sports Illustrated. The tests are conducted by a third-party organization.
Reid famously protested police brutality with Colin Kaepernick when the pair played together for the San Francisco 49ers. Reid was out of the league for a year until he signed with the Panthers.
The safety has made it clear he still supports Kaepernick and recently spoke out in support of his friend after receiving the game ball following a victory on November 4, reports USA Today.
"I'm happy to be able to help the Panthers win, but until [Kaepernick] gets back in the league, I can't be wholly happy,” he said.
Like Kaepernick, Reid has an open collusion case against the NFL.
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