CHARLOTTE, NC – Coach Carolina Panthers, Ron Rivera, plans to ask the NFL to explain why free-security Eric Reid for a shoulder-to-shoulder strike against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at 52: 21 defeat was thrown out on Thursday night.
However, Rivera does not plan to ask the league after Reid's claim after the Charlotte Observer game that he has been tested "for the fifth time" since being signed by Carolina at the end of September.
"They will not catch me on anything," said Reid, who filed a complaint against the NFL in May, claiming that there were collusions to keep him unemployed during his national anthem for his protests against social injustice during the national anthem San Francisco 49ers.
Panther's safety Eric Reid was ejected on Thursday night for unnecessary roughness after hitting a late Ben Roethlisberger.
Newton looked clattering and the 52 points allowed the Steelers to tie a Panthers team record. Now Newton & Co. play three of the next four on the road.
Rivera said the drug tests are not a concern.
"I have no problems with that," Rivera said on Friday. "It has nothing to do with what I have to do, I disagree with the decision [on the ejection], I get the punishment. I do not get the ejection. I will ask for an explanation as far as that is concerned. "
The league does not conduct any drug tests or select the tests to be tested. This is done by an independent administrator.
Leader of the league, Brian McCarthy, published the policy on Twitter on Friday after Reid said on several occasions.
"Every week in the season 10 players per club tested," it says in the directive. "With a computer program, the co-named independent administrator of the policy randomly selects the players to test."
The league also has the right to eject a player in his effort to protect the quarterback and to prevent head injuries.
After meeting Roethlisberger at the end of a fight, Reid was marked for unnecessary roughness due to a violent contact with the head and neck of a moving quarterback.
Reid, who was later expelled from the game, said he had no intention of hurting Roethlisberger, and later apologized to him.
He agreed with Rivera that the ejection was unjustified.
But Reid appeared to be taking an exception as he was again drugged for being fined $ 10,026 by the league for his unsportsmanlike penalty during a 21-17 victory over Philadelphia.
Reid noticed that the Eagles had a tight end Zach Ertz, who also imposed an unsportsmanlike penalty after throwing Reid to the ground, was not punished.
Reid had picked up interceptions in the last few minutes, which he did not find justified.
When asked if he felt he had been charged with his collusion, Reid said, "It's interesting, I'll be fined, I got a catch, we'll see what this call looks like."
Reid was the first player to knelt at the time the 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the anthem to protest against social injustice. Kaepernick, who has also filed a complaint against the league, is unsigned.