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September 30, 2013 @ 8:54 pm
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BREAKING: Freeman Releases Statement Clarifying Report

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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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  • avatar

    @hit-55: like you´ve said "one walking into the building, destroying the whole team". i would add: pulling the whole name/brand through the mud. That´s what Shiano has done..Can´t stand this character. Can´t understand he is still HC. Can´t root for this him=this team or the owners - that are still backing him. As long as this guy is running that ship, i can´t root for this team. I like many of these players, and some the coaches - but can´t say i am (a) Fan(-atic) of this....
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    DMAN - I agree with this completely.
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    Sounds more like Freeman's agent is the one releasing this info that Freeman is in Drug program. Now Freeman wants to be released. Hmm...... Freeman benefits from this info more than the team.If the Bucs are gonna try to trade him in the next few days or weeks why would they make him look bad? Don't make sense. Who knows?
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    The way the Bucs have treated Josh is a disgrace. They may have decided he's not the long term guy, but there have been problems with this organization since the middle of last season and they have scape-goated Freeman. Fine. Happens all the time. But allowing this information to get out is inexcusable. I've been disappointed by this team and organization before, angry and frustrated. This is the first time I've been ashamed. This never happened until Schiano got here. Throw in his dismal coaching performance and its clear he needs to go.
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    I agree with this completely.
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    Personally, I don't give a rats cheek whos doppin, drinkin, chasin tail or bumpin knee caps with the fellas (ew)... Just WIN a f'n GAME! 3 Step Solution for the BUCS. 1 - Schiano FIRE Sullivan 2 - Mark FIRE Schiano 3 - Glazers FIRE Mark
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    Schiano and Dom have to go! The Bucs are being coined, "The most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL right now!". The Glazers need to save what's left of their reputation while they can.
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    @Hit55: Although your post is waaaay too long, I can't disagree with any of it. @Pinkstob: I'm glad you now agree with many of us posters that understand these issues start at the top...that's why Dom needs to go as well as Schiano. K. C. Chiefs still remain the model the Bucs should follow...new GM, new coach with NFL experience (example Andy Reid), and good QB (and the Bucs should have several to pick from in the draft IF we get a good NEW GM).
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    Well, if they fired Schiano, then Freeman could stay and maybe do ok, but I think it is time for both of them to go now. I do not really need to read any more Freeman articles, he is no longer on the team from my perspective and I wish I didnt have to read any on Schitwegotzero either.
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    Dominik can also save (at least little bit of) his face, by FIRING SHIANO. he gotta go, GoGlazers, FIRE SHIANO!!! I think its better to play Freeman for the rest of the season, than to let this guy coach longer than october the 1st... GoBucs!!
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    Just as I said things could get worse on the msg boards yesterday, they of course did in the grandest of fashion. So many questions. No answers. No refutal/apology/explanation from One Buc doesnt sit right with me. Amazing how the Glazers can continue to have the worst PR department in sports history. They are awful at handling any situation. Imagine Schiano has a big hand in that. No winners here. Everyone is at fault. The loyal fans on PR and similar sites elsewhere left scratching their heads yet again. I am thoroughly embarrassed to be a Bucs fan right now.
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    On another note, the Bucs are cutting A. Black as well as K. Olgetree and re-signing Underwood. The fact that this is the 2nd season in a row the Bucs have cut Underwood after the preseason only to re-sign him at the beginning of the season shows Dominik doesn't know what the f$#& he's doing. That combined with allowing this information about Freeman to get out under his watch is the straw that has broken this camel's back. I'm ready to move on from Dominik. The only way Dominik could save face is to find out who leaked the information before the next game, fire him and hold a press conference apologizing.
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    Can anyone remember a worse season for the Bucs? It's one thing to lose, but the expectations this year vs. the outcome are polar opposites. I don't know about anyone else but it's starting to affect my mood.
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    @pinkstob....I concur.
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    @pinkstob I completely agree with you. Im almost speechless.
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    It was very wrong for this information to get leaked out. That person or persons should be fired. There are reasons why sources are not named in order to protect the source, but this is wrong in this situation. It does explain some of the problems Freeman was having for the way he has been playing. It doesn't give him a pass for being inconsistent, slow at foot, and missing numerous passing targets. If you add partying to do it, could also explain why the over sleeping and missed meetings. Regardless, Josh is gone from here whether we release or trade him by Oct 29. He has had 4 plus years with the Bucs to take us to the next level or he himself to go to that next level and he didn't do it. He's a nice person and again I wish him a happy life.
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    A couple of things...1) @hit55 (and I can be bad at this too, so this is not to be hypocritical) but 700 word essays are a bit much for me to read. 2) whoever is responsible for breaking the law here (the privacy laws) needs to be "accountable", isn't that Coach's favourite phrase? 3) If 12 teams (supply/demand) really did call Dom - and the topic really was "what it will take to get Freeman" - then Dom better make this a good trade or it really will be the last thing he ever does as a Buc. 4) Ogletree cut....now there is a guy who's performance demanded being cut.
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    Freeman is a good QB. He could be a great QB if he wasn't on drugs. Those amphetamines that he's admitted to taking have fried his brain!!!
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    According to PFT, Mark Dominik has fielded calls from no less than 12 NFL teams since last night. Can you imagine 12 NFL teams are interested in Freeman? There is blood in the water. Seems like someone thinks the Bucs will now pay for someone to take Freeman now. lol. The Glazers cannot be amused!
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    This article is yet another glowing example that Schiano does not have control of this ship. When you allow a record holding player to be disrespected in the media and you dont even have the balls to stand up and tell the truth you are a true disgrace. Freeman has proved that in the right circumstances he can be a very productive QB in this league while the man who took his job has proved nothing. My anger grows for Schiano with almost every article I read.
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    Kevin Ogletree cut.....I assume he's called Tiquan Underwood. Go Scarlet Knights!! I mean Bucs smh
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    Why are the Glazers sitting back and letting this happen. This is the most disrespectful thing a TEAM could do to one of their players especially your "face of the franchise". Schiano should be fired yesterday. He is a disgrace to this Team.
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    Whether Schiano or one of his "Schianoites" leaked this information or not, they have done more than there part to smear Freeman's name to take the attention off of what is the real problem with the Bucs. That is a lack of leadership or accountability from the GM down. Everything in that building is supposedly under Schiano's thumb and nobody does anything without his permission yet there is so many leaks in that boat that it's sinking like the Titanic. Funny how that happens. From Josh's statement he has been taking this pretty much the whole time Schiano has been here, so when did it become a problem to "coach"? It wasn't last year during the stretch where Freeman was playing as good as anyone in the league. Look I'm not gonna lie, I'm not even a big Freeman supporter. I think he has not lived up to the expectations we had for him, but I don't for a second believe it is "all" his fault though he does share in the blame. I think Schiano and his coaching staff has failed to bring out the best in the players they have. They have failed to work with the strengths of his players. Instead he has chosen to run out of town anyone that wasn't so quick to jump up with their "toe's on the line" to his micro managing style of coaching. He ran Talib out of town without even trying to work with him. Most of his problems came with the last coaching staff. I think Talib is doing ok now that he is with an orginization that will work with him and lead him in the right direction.He was the best CB on our team that was desperate for CB's. Blount was another one ran out of town because he wasn't a "Buccaneer Man" whatever that is. Yet he is also in NE and seems to be doing fine and not causing an issue. Was he the best RB? No and we had Martin, but he was not the trouble maker that Schiano made him out to be either and we basically gave both of them away for nothing. Winslow was also ran out of town and he doesn't seem to have been a problem anywhere else he has been since then. Those 3 players have all got the best of us this year. I don't know that Freeman will go somewhere and become the elite QB we all wanted him to be here, but I am convinced he will get a shot to be a good QB as long as he get with a "real" coaching staff who will work to help make him better and teach him the right way to be an NFL QB. His QB coach here says it's not his "job" to correct his throwing technique. REALLY? Then what is your job SIR as a QB coach. Your "job" is to do whatever it takes to have our QB ready to play and to correct what he is doing wrong. But I'm not sure that our "QB coach" knows how to correct those things since he has never played QB or coached QB's so how would he know. Freeman may not be an elite QB and may not even turn out to be a good QB, but he never had a shot here. They never gave him the support and help he needed. The one year that the got him weapons, last year, he set franchise records with a make shift O-line, a rookie RB, a new WR and an over the hill TE. If you want to bash Freeman for his lack of QB play, that's fine. But for all the image smearing that has gone on with him, from the leaking of missing meetings to missing the team photo and all the other crap, not including this drug testing crap, that is just WRONG. That stuff should have never got out of the locker room, they should have tried to rally around him not exile him. Our play calling has sucked, our WR's have dropped too many balls, our O-line is not blocking well at all and we have no TE help or no 3rd WR to use the middle of the field, yet it's all being placed on Freeman. I am a "true" fan of the Bucs and have been my whole life. But I have never been more embarrassed to be a Bucs fan than I am right now. Not because of the wins and losses, I don't like those either but I can handle those. What I can't take is an orginization that will allow a single man (Schiano) to walk into the building and destroy the whole team. There are a lot of problems that need to be fixed. But he should be the first to go. You can cut Freeman today, I don't care, he's done here. But until Schiano and his whole coahcing staff, at least all of his little "Schianoites from Rutgers" need to go back to college and he can control those kids. But not here. I'm not so sure that we don't need to get rid of Mark too and just clean house all together and start over. No respectible coach will want to here with all of this crap hanging around. Right now the infection around this team is worse than the MRSA crap we had earlier in the season. Hopefully the Glazer's will see what is going on and clean house before the completely ruin this team. There is too much talent on this team to continue to waste it like this.
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    If I might add. Release Freeman already. No team is going to trade for him at this point, and if they did it wouldn't be a premium pick, it would be for pick that probably wouldn't even make the team. So I don't understand why the Bucs are letting this circus continue.
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    Regardless of why he's taking it, weather it be to party, or for his mental well being, do you want a pro Q.B. who has that baggage being the franchise? How many of you would be calling Shi, and the front office idiots for signing a guy to a 100 million contract who either parties to hard, or mentally doesn't have the ability to be an NFL Q.B.? This situation isn't being handled as best it can, but let's say both parties are to blame. Bottom line, no matter who's in charge next year Freeman's time in Tampa is over, time to move on.
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    I think this all boils down to Freeman coming into the NFL under Morris's care- free, party with his players atmosphere to Schiano's disciplinarian hold players accountable way, and what you have is a head coach and quarter back clash. I think Morris ruined Freeman with his carefree style of coaching! There is more to this whole thing then we know, and all the speculation on here and other sites is just that, guessing, and nothing based on facts. One this is for certain, there is more to this whole thing than we know, and that is the only fact that we know for certain!
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    Somewhere the truth lyes in the middle...anyone who thinks this is all JF or all Schiano best wake up. @MC- this whole "telenovela" brings up a number of questions. 1. Why was he tested 46 times over the last year and a half? I thought the testing program was pretty lenient until you fail? I also thought players were only tested in the offseason until they fail. This sounds like he failed a test prior to the "accident"...or did I read his statement incorrectly? 2. Is this not an attempt by the Bucs to void his contract or have a legitimate out for a majority of his remainder? 3. Why are we having to get a lot of this from other sources before you all are willing to "go to press"? I understand you are in a different and possibly compromising position but we need the facts AND THEN we can have your opinion (ie: SR). I know these are trying times but keep up the good work.
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    Mr. Incredible...I suggest you do a better job of searching out the facts beyond just this site...Freeman DID test positive for taking a controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for at the time and he ADMITTED IT...what is wrong with you man HE ADMITTED TO DOING IT!!!! Not only that, but does anyone really think this came from anyone in the Bucs front office inner circle, that is desperately trying to figure out a way to ship him out of Tampa while getting SOMETHING in return for him?? Yeah.
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    @BUC-UP - right, this has Schiano's fingerprints all over it. Unfortunately this will go down as the day we learned our QB has learning disabilities sort of like our last "franchise" QB was colorblind. Maybe this is why they throw so many picks? Oops, wait - the colorblind guy ended up being really good for several other teams. So i guess the colorblind thing wasn't the issue. Don't worry Josh. You're in the clear. @Buc4life79 - what are you talking about, Josh never tested positive for ANYTHING. Read the story.
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    Freeman is a good quarterback. He could be a great quarterback, if he was in a system that showed confidence in his abilities. The quarterback coach has turned Freeman into the same mess as his last assignment. Schiano's attempt of 2 facing him for reason of improvement. One face says he is my quarterback, another face says, I need another quarterback to push Freeman. While the whole time Schiano micro manages the kid until he has no basis of a foundation to grow upon. We will lose more money by releasing Freeman, than we would by cutting Schiano . The quickest way for the Buc's to compete with our core players is to reinstate Freeman and to fire the quarterback coach and Head Coach. Continuing on this current path will have this team squander 2 years and then go into total rebuilding. Don't eat Freeman's 8 million, lose Schiano and his 5 million.
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    Brilliant move Josh...the A-Rod defense...I was prescribed one drug, but some how "accidentally" was found taking another....hence the "violation." Last time I checked, there is NO way possible for any person outside the realm of financial influence, to "accidentally" take a drug that has not been prescribed to you...and NO doctor alive would have someone on both ritalin and adderal sorry...but this is all still Schiano's fault right haters?? Let me guess Pewter report...Schiano's "mind games" drove Josh to do it right?? Bottom line here is the team was still feeling the effects of what was the Raheem Morris country club atmosphere debacle and those effects were affecting the most critical position of an NFL team...the QB. Sorry for all of you who will cry about this but what do you do with a rotten apple?? you get it out of the basket before it rots the whole bunch. I'll bet ANY amount of money that the reason why Freeman wasn't gone after last season was for the Simple fact that Dominik was married to him and would not go along with it because of how he would have looked.
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    Can someone please let me know if the NFL drug tests are so specific to somehow tell the difference between adderall vs ritalin like Josh is claiming as they are in the same exact class of drugs. I ask because the hospital I work for drug tests only classes of drugs (amphetamine, benzodiazepine etc) I wasn't aware that NFL drug tests are so advanced as to tell one type of amphetamine from the other.
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    Well I don't know who leaked it and why. But as a Buccaneer fan I know damn well it's not MY fault and this is most definitely not MY lowest moment as a fan. That would be Bo saying no. For those having difficulty supporting this team? I have a feeling you're not actually supporting the team where it counts anyway........... by buying TICKETS! Self serving crap if you ask me. As for Josh himself? Who doesn't feel badly for him now? Hope he has a good money manager and good close friends and family. THAT matters, not self serving pity.
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    I think it’s ridiculous that people are like: ‘Oh, it’s just Adderall…’ – Look at the chemical name of Adderall ——–> Amphetamine / Dextroamphetamine. <—— These are heavy drugs, people. Legal for those have approval, yes, but they still carry a long list of mental and physical side effects. Google it. It's unfortunate that Freeman's 'advisors' allowed this to occur. Now, it's official: Josh Freeman is under the influence of drugs; and some of the mental side effects were painfully obvious.
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    O.k. he has attention deficit disorder. Regardless of who released the info, why did he hide it in the first place? Why feel ashamed? He kept it confidencial and apparently teammates got suspicious. Well, that's what I'm getting so far; but, maybe not all the fact are out yet.
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    I think it's pretty clear that Schiano's camp is putting these stories out to the national media in order to deflect criticism on his coaching ability. This is totally embarrassing ro the the Bucs and the Glazers need to put a stop to these leaks immediately. Theae stories have ruined any chance of trading him for anything worth while if he's even tradable now.
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    This has become a huge embarrassment for our organization.
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    Truth be damned! Haters gon hate! SMDH!
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    Easily my lowest moment as a bucs fan. He shouldn't even have to release a statement defending himself for having an attention disorder. Its never been more difficult for me to support this team.
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