Reid's lawyers dispute findings his drug testing was normal
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 11, 2019 08:54 AM
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Charlotte, N.C. The NFL and the NFL Players Association has released a joint statement saying an independent administrator found Panthers safety Eric Reid received the “normal” number of drug tests this season and he was not the subject of targeting by the league. Reid said in December he had been tested seven times by the NFL. He said the league was targeting him because of the ongoing collusion case against the NFL alleging that team owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press
Attorneys for Eric Reid dispute a joint statement by the NFL and NFL Players Association that says the Carolina Panthers safety was not singled out with excessive drug tests and they're demanding the league and the players' union "immediately issue a retraction," according to a letter sent to all parties that was obtained by The Associated Press.
The letter obtained Thursday says Reid was indeed tested at least seven times and requests the independent administrator provide all information used to produce the report.
Reid said in December he had been tested seven times by the NFL. He claimed the league was targeting him because of the ongoing collusion case against the NFL in which he alleged team owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his decision to kneel alongside former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice.
The joint statement released Wednesday said an independent administrator found Reid received the "normal" number of drug tests this season. The statement said, "there is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing."
Reid's legal team says it rejects "the notion that this report was independent" and claims the report is filled with incorrect dates.