According to Reid, who is involved in an ongoing collusion grievance against the NFL, this is the seventh time he's been drug tested since
Speaking with reporters after the game, Reid challenged the notion that he's being randomly selected.
"I've been here 11 weeks, I've been drug tested seven times," he said. "That has to be statistically impossible. I'm not a mathematician, but there's no way that's random."
Reid, who Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and has , signed with the Panthers at the end of September after going unsigned during free agency over the summer even though he was one of the best safeties available on the open market after a career-season with the 49ers.with
When asked if the drug tests would become part of his collusion grievance, Reid replied "Duly noted."
It wasn't just Reid who found the frequency of the drug tests odd. So did former and current NFL players.
Wooooooooow. This is crazy lol.— Will Blackmon (@WillBlackmon) December 18, 2018
Smfh. I might have had 2-3 of these in my career.— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) December 18, 2018
So, what are the odds that one player could be selected seven times for drug testing by the NFL in an 11-week window? Yahoo Sports' Jack Baer, who noted that one of those seven drug tests came when he initially joined the Panthers as part of his physical, did the math:
Using a cumulative binomial probability calculator, those numbers work out to a 0.17 percent chance of Reid getting randomly selected at least six times in 11 chances, according to the NFL's rules. That's a 1-in-588 chance. Reid would have a better chance at correctly guessing a coin flip nine times in a row.
Since joining the Panthers, Reid has racked up 64 combined tackles, four broken up passes, one sack, and one interception. During Monday night's game, Reid wore cleats that honored the history of protests.
the shoulders of those giants who decided their moment was best used for the sake of the people. And it’s always the right time to do what’s right. No different from you using your moment to take a knee. It also has the 10 point platform of Colin’s Know Your Rights Camp.” 🔥🔥🔥— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) December 17, 2018