It’s a mystery why the NFL continues to be more concerned about Donald Trump’s concussion-like symptoms than those of their own players and former players, but that’s the world we live in now.
Because Trump commands a giant, fiercely obedient army like one of the orc kings of old — and because many in that army are big fans of the bone-jarring ballet that is NFL football — the league has been reluctant to confront Trump over his blatantly unpatriotic upbraiding of players like Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who have been at the vanguard of the league-wide protest movement in support of racial justice.
In other words, those players kneeled during the national anthem, and the NFL wishes they’d just go away.
Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find a job in the NFL — even as a backup — despite having led his former team to a Super Bowl, and despite the continued existence of Mark Sanchez.
Eric Reid got a roster spot with the Carolina Panthers this season, but as the second player, after Kaepernick, to kneel for the national anthem — and as a take-no-shit employee who’s suing the NFL — he finds his recent “random” drug tests a little suspicious. His lawsuit alleges that the league and its owners, following Trump’s lead, colluded against him to prevent him from playing. And now it at least appears that he’s being singled out.
Once again, Panthers safety Eric Reid was given a random drug test.
Following Carolina's 12-9 loss to the Saints on Monday, Reid posted a photo on Twitter featuring the NFL's notice taped to his locker explaining what he needed to do for the random procedure. The test is the sixth random test that has been administered to Reid since he signed with the Panthers. Counting the mandatory test Reid took with his physical, this makes seven tests in 11 weeks.
“Number 7… 'Random'” Reid tweeted.
In a locker room interview, Reid also said, “I've been here 11 weeks, I've been drug-tested seven times. That has to be statistically impossible. I'm not a mathematician, but there's no way that's random.”
Gee, it sure doesn’t sound random. Almost sounds like profiling. Leave it to the NFL to prove Reid’s point for him.
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