Posted September 29, 2013

Report: Josh Freeman was forced to watch Bucs game from suite

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Josh Freeman was forced by the Bucs to watch Sunday's loss from a suite, his agent claims. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Josh Freeman was forced by the Bucs to watch Sunday’s loss from a suite, his agent claims. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Amid rumblings that he wants to be traded or released, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was forced to watch Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals from a suite at Raymond James Stadium, according to his agent.

Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said the decision to bench Freeman and have him watch from a suite was “mutual.” Freeman’s agent told The Tampa Bay Times’  Rick Stroud that Schiano’s statement was a “lie, obviously,” and that Freeman was banished from the team’s sidelines.

The back-and-forth between Schiano and Freeman’s agent comes as Freeman is said to be demanding either a trade or release in what has led to intense drama in Schiano’s debut season as head coach.

Freeman is a free agent after the season, but teams have begun to evaluate him as a possible trade option, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen. One of the teams that could be interested in adding Freeman is the Minnesota Vikings.

The 25-year-old Freeman, who was Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in 2009, was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon this week. Freeman had completed just 45.7 percent of his passes in his three games, while leading the Bucs to an 0-3 start.

 


16 comments
Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

Forcing him to watch the last five minutes of ANY Bucs game should be against the Geneve convention...



RichardAnglemeister
RichardAnglemeister

And more proof Schiano is a terrible coach. Although he did beat my expectations, since he's a bully, I would have expected him to make Freeman sit out the game mopping up beer spills in the stadium or cleaning toilets. My guess is Schiano probably told him to do that, but Freeman fell asleep in the suite before the game started.

larrybradford
larrybradford

Sounds to me like Freeman has a agent that is about to destroy his career. Fire his dead axx Josh, before it's too late...

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

OK. I understand they have great food in those suites. I understand they are air conditioned with a great view of the field. I understand that you will not get hit or injured in the suite, and I understand Freeman gets 489k a week. So lets see, free beer, food, served by hot chicks, great view of the game and a 489K check to boot. What's the problem here? 

Dana2
Dana2

Everybody interested in bidding for Josh Freeman please speak up now!


(crickets)

jbber
jbber

debut season? Didn't he coach them last year?

Victor_Newman
Victor_Newman

i thought glennon played pretty well for his first NFL start. he would have been a no brainer starter for ARZ last season. he sounds like an upgrade from freeman.  stick with him.

boston T PAR Ta
boston T PAR Ta

As fans, we can only guess at what is really going on.  It appears that coach Schiano is a liar , or at best insincere.  I was routing for Freeman, in a bad situation, but he seems to have let distractions affect his concentration. The Bucs can win a few games with defense, if Freeman was QB and the management behind him.  In reality, Shiano is giving up this season to develop the rookie and hell with the fans. His untimely

 play calling is the real problem.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

The Bucs should get rid of both Freeman and Schiano. Freeman was a draft choice that didn't work out. Schiano has been a train wreck from day one.

Jon8
Jon8

What's with the "rumblings?" He flat-out said, on the ill-advised ESPN interview that it would be best for him to get traded!

The Buc's should not wait, Freeman is poison and the sooner gone the happier all parties will be!

mwr5053
mwr5053

Poor move by Schiano. Had Glennon been injured then a 3rd string QB plays, hardly the way to show that you are putting the best players out on the field to win. Okay, I get giving Glennon a shot but not to have Freeman in uniform on the sideline is asinine.

pipdmx33
pipdmx33

"... in what has led to intense drama in Schiano’s debut season as head coach." Huh? This is Schiano's second season, does anyone even attempt to be right anymore? 

Fifilo
Fifilo

Wow, he was forced to watch the Bucs?

Guess it is fair, gives him a taste of what he's put others through.

danboz11
danboz11

@Jon8 As an outsider, it's pretty hilarious to point to Freeman as the only issue here.  Schiano clearly is in WAY over is head .