Freeman denies using any illegal substance
Bucs Josh Freeman released a statement late Monday evening regarding a report earlier that stated he is in the NFL's Drug Program. Freeman denied that he has ever used an illegal drug or substance.
Earlier on Monday it was reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman is a stage one participant in the NFL’s Drug Program.
Mortensen stated Freeman has not had “any incidents that have placed him in jeopardy of suspension.”
Mortensen also wrote 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.
Late Monday evening Freeman released a statement through his agents to explain the situation."Let me be very clear. I have NEVER tested positive for any illegal drugs or related substances. Further, I have agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 NFL-regulated drug tests over the last year and a half.
Since the confidentiality of my medical status has been publicly violated, I am choosing to address this matter so that grossly erroneous assumptions about me do not persist. Like millions of Americans, I have ADHD and I have been prescribed and permitted to take medication to treat this condition for the entirety of my NFL career. Well over a year ago, I took a different medication for the same condition (Ritalin rather than Adderall), and to assure everyone that the error was a one-time mistake, I agreed to be voluntarily tested in the NFL Program.
Since that time, I have taken and passed all 46 drug tests I’ve been given, which test for every drug and banned substance imaginable. I agreed to allow such testing to be done at my workplace (team facility) because I spend all of my time there and I have nothing whatsoever to hide or be embarrassed about.
Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information. It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other. I remain dedicated and focused to being the best quarterback I can be and to help a team win a championship."
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