Posted October 01, 2013

Report: Buccaneers ask Josh Freeman to skip team meeting; NFLPA to investigate drug program leak

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Josh Freeman was asked to skip today's team meeting.(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Josh Freeman was asked to skip today’s team meeting. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Another layer was added to the Josh Freeman saga Tuesday when the quarterback was asked to skip a Buccaneers team meeting, Jay Glazer reported on FOX Football Daily.

The NFLPA also announced Tuesday that it would investigate who leaked to the press that Freeman is a participant in the NFL drug program. Bucs coach Greg Schiano denied that he was the source of the leak.

Freeman struggled this season and was benched before Tampa Bay’s Week 4 game with the Cardinals. With rookie Mike Glennon in the starting spot – and Freeman’s contract set to expire at the end of the season – the veteran quarterback said he wanted to be traded or released. Neither has happened yet.

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Freeman’s relationship with coach Greg Schiano was already tense, and it has gotten worse since his benching. Freeman was forced to watch Sunday’s game from a suite. Then came the leak of his failed drug test and today’s report that he was asked to stay away from the team meeting.

It’s unclear why Tampa Bay has yet to end its relationship with Freeman, but it’s hard to believe the two sides won’t split soon.


38 comments
Spike
Spike

Big Bucs fan here, but what a train wreck!  Had high hopes for the season but now I believe things are even worse than they look.  The GM needs to go, but on the fence about Schiano.  I want to like him, but things are clearly out of control and it's impossible to tell why unless you're in the building.  The play calling is absolutely horrible, and I would ditch the OC today.  The line play, O and D, is horrendous.  Freeman has all of the physical tools, but  lacks fire and urgency.  The constant look of confusion and tendency to whine is galling.  Big, strong kid like that needs to take control on the field, but he just doesn't seem to have the temperament.  Is there a coaching solution to that?  I don't know, but Eli Manning showed many of the same tendencies and now has two rings.  This team has tons of talent but no discernible heart.  This team has a face that has launched a thousand Lightning ticket orders!

stagger
stagger

Freeman could be the biggest D-bag around, but the way the team is handling this is actually turning him into a sympathetic figure, while validating that the whole organization (including the completely overwhelmed HC) is a complete laughingstock...

JohnHillman
JohnHillman

Greg Schiano reveals his "class" once again. He should not be coaching a team of elephants playing soccer much less anything involving people.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

We all should have known Schiano was a dirtbag when he had his defense bum-rush the Giants on a kneel down play after the game was decided. This is just more evidence.  

frangooch32
frangooch32

How do you "inadvertently take Ritalin"?

Victor_Newman
Victor_Newman

i seriously wonder about the sanity of the TB front office. there are rumblings that they are going to try to trade this guy, yet they seem to be doing all they can to destroy his trade value by their treatment towards him. he must have really ticked off greg schiano for some reason. as a cardinals fan, their actions helped us win a game last week in which we played terrible. too bad for bucs fans. they deserve better.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

If I were a free agent, and Tampa Bay came courting me, I would remember how they treat their out of favor players. If the guy isn't doing his job, get rid of him, but there is no reason to humiliate him.

mrcmk1982
mrcmk1982

Freeman has a lot of work to do, to take his play to the next level, but there is no excuse for the way Tamp Bay has treated him. There's nothing wrong with wanting to move on, or to want a new person behind center, but the way the organization has handled it is shameful. Regardless of how talented he may or may not be, Josh Freeman put the organization on his back for several years, and deserves some measure of respect and courtesy. Seen a couple of interviews with him since his demotion, and he seems like a fairly class act. 

Tampa Bay as an organization is in trouble, and without direction. They've taken what should have been a simple roster move that any team might make, and turned it in to a circus, and an opportunity to villify their entire franchise. I hope Freeman finds himself on a good team, even if that means riding the bench just to improve his game. As for the Bucs, they are kidding themselves if they think Schiano is taking the anywhere other than circling the drain

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

I'll cheer for josh, where ever he goes.  Tampa needs to clean house and reshape the bad image the organization, not players, have.

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

With the right coach and team Freeman could be a fine NFL QB.  I don't think Schiano can be considered a fine coach or human being in in circumstance.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Josh will be in the NFL a lot longer then the HC........... 

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

Whatever happens the story needs to end with "the end of Greg Schiano's coaching career."  This is shameful behavior and a classless undignified organization.

ZackSelzman
ZackSelzman

Who knows, maybe Freeman is difficult.  But with what the Bucs just did to Tynes with the MRSA debacle, and the absolute utter and complete lack of professionalism in violating HIPAA laws and releasing private information, It really seems much more likely that it is an organizational problem.  They are jerks to the point that they broke the law.  Is it possible that they are consummate professionals in every other way?  I don't think it is very likely.

help4mac1
help4mac1

LOL, doesn't matter, Bucs still won't be able to skip their upcoming court date.

ChrisMcCoy
ChrisMcCoy

I believe the front office is not leaking information, nor are they keeping him away from the team. I DO believe the head coach leaked the information about his substance issue to a friend to leak FOR him, and is responsible for the constant snubs regarding team meetings, practices, and games. Schiano had power-issues when he joined this team and he continues to have them. He thinks he is still coaching college and these men have to follow his every command.

This kid Freeman threw for 4200 yards just two seasons ago and looked like a world-killer. The new coach is the issue. Tampa is going to cut Freeman. He will end up with another team and eventually become a starter again. Greg Schiano will be fired before the end of the season. 

Keats1821
Keats1821

The Bucs management did not leak any information about Freeman's participation in the substance abuse program. They want to trade him, and vague comments about his substance usage would make him less attractive to teams that might have wanted to trade for him. The Bucs want the guy gone, they wouldn't hurt their chances.

As for asking him to stay away from the meeting, there' s nothing wrong with that. The guy is a cancer, his teammates don't want him there, so keep him away.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

"Who steals my purse steals trash..../ But he that filches from me my good name /
Robs me of that which not enriches him / And makes me poor indeed."  -Shakespeare, Othello (Act 3, Scene 3)

I don't know whether Freeman is a bad guy, but the team is behaving badly.  It's relatively easy for an organization to demonize someone and to ruin them.  In the end, though, if you have a house of cards, it will come tumbling down.

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

Schiano might think he's winning now, but later this season when another player starts complaining or early next season when the same stuff is going on, Schiano is going to get the boot.  I am now convinced that he won't make it through next year, and 50/50 if he makes it through this season.


Vikings or Jaguars should be all over this guy.  6th or 7th round pick.  His contract is up at the end of the season, and you get to kick the tires for next to nothing.

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

I can't believe that no NFL hasn't jumped at the chance to trade for the QB that led the NFL in turnovers over the past 2 seasons. Factor in Freeman's completion percentage and QBR this year and what is not to like? Buc's should get two #1 draft picks for Freeman.

mykardia
mykardia

The Bucs management is handling this situation poorly.  Repeated leaking information and damaging reputations. They are acting like the Red Sox did with Terry Francona back in the day.   The Bucs management needs to start acting more professional and show some business class.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Can anyone blame him?  The Bucs suck and their Coach is desperate to save his skin.   Of course they were going to make someone a scapegoat - no surprise there. 

joeshine730
joeshine730

Drop the addict Freeman immediately for the image of the team.  A druggie as the face of an NFL team is sad.

TheHip1
TheHip1

@thebigdawg3 WTF?! Your post is extremely offensive and asinine. Think next time before you hit Post

eddie767
eddie767

@ZackSelzman The way things are going in the NFL,they don't care about HIPAA,OSHA,or any other laws. The NFLs antitrust exemption has given them too much power and no one to fight them or revoke it. HIPAA laws are broken every yr and no one brings charges,b/c the players would be black-balled.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

A good measuring stick will be their Thursday night game. if he has truly lost this team then a public display in front of a large tv audience should hopefully be the straw that breaks the camel's back and this clown finally gets canned.

DougBeers
DougBeers

@Jerkzilla He's due 8 mil for this year, that's a half a million a game.  That's not next to nothing.  that's the reason it hasn't happened yet.

ChrisMcCoy
ChrisMcCoy

@HarshRealities 2010 - 3500 yards and a 61 completion %. 2011 - 3500 yards and a 63% completion.

The kid can play. He has a bad coach. Freeman is like Alex Smith, not the coach's pick. He will be gone the same way. 

LuisDaniel
LuisDaniel

A weasel coach, trying to justify a bad season preemptively. "We sucked 'cuz we started a rookie, not because I suck"

eddie767
eddie767

@joeshine730 If taking a med.,for a condition diagnosed in HS,is an addict,what are you when your MD gives you meds? Or,are you one of those ppl that thinks one is weak if they need a MD? Freeman is the only one acting like an adult in this story,even though he's the one that's getting his reputation ripped apart.

juderyan24
juderyan24

@joeshine730 You know none of the facts about why he is taking a drug that he has been prescribed. Maybe you should just shut your face until you have some idea what you are talking about.