As if the Buccaneers organization needed any more bad publicity in the news.
The latest report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is that Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman is a stage one participant in the NFL’s Drug Program. Mortensen states Freeman has not had “any incidents that have placed him in jeopardy of suspension.” Mortensen also writes the following:
Freeman has obtained a temporary use exemption for a prescription drug that normally would be on the banned list, the sources said.
Freeman's stage one status also would not necessarily mean he has tested positive for a banned substance even though he has been subject to random or reasonable cause testing, as deemed necessary by the medical director who oversees the program. A player can be placed in stage one for a variety of reasons, including behavioral causes. The medical director determines the length of stage one status.
This comes on the heels of several NFL teams inquiring with the Buccaneers about Freeman being in the league’s drug program or not.
PewterReport.com will continue to follow the story and update it as more information becomes available.