Posted October 02, 2013

Report: NFL to investigate Josh Freeman medical leak

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

The NFL reportedly will investigate the leak of Josh Freeman’s medical information. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The NFL plans to investigate the leak of Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman’s medical information and a report that he was a participant in the league’s drug program, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Rapoport tweeted that fines for violating player confidentiality range from $10,000 to $500,000.

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A Monday report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen revealed that Freeman was a Stage 1 participant in the NFL’s drug program. Freeman reportedly has a temporary use exemption for a prescription drug outside the boundaries of the NFL’s substance-abuse policies. A Stage 1 status does not automatically indicate that Freeman ever tested positive for any banned substance without an exemption.

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On Monday, Freeman issued a response through his agents explaining the report, and his participation in the program as first posted by Pro Football Talk.

The ongoing drama between Freeman and the Bucs includes a Wednesday report by SI.com’s Jim Trotter that Freeman has been fined twice by the club in the last month, including once in the last week, for conduct detrimental to the team. Freeman reportedly plans to appeal the infractions that include missing at least one team meeting and participating in an unauthorized media interview.

The fines could give Tampa Bay ammunition to suspend Freeman without pay and allow the team to attempt to trade the fifth-year quarterback while not paying a portion of his salary.


3 comments
playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied
playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied

you know.......shame on Mortensen for even reporting it..........and whoever leaked it better get the maximum punishment......and if it is Schiano he should be immediately fired 

gary41
gary41

Only after the NFLPA got involved did the NFL get involved and who do you trust with the details of these investigations.  It is possible the NFLPA is going to force the NFL to clean it's own house.  Now we want to know, who within the Tampa Bay organization had access to this medical information??

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

If Goodell is serious about player safety, he'll slam whoever leaked this. If players can't trust their teams to contain sensitive medical info that can harm their careers or contracts, they will withhold info, delay treatment, and have another reason to sue the NFL. And win.