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October 1, 2013 @ 2:54 pm
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Players Union Files Grievance Against The Buccaneers

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Gil Arcia

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Executive Director of the National Football League's Players Association met with the media on Tuesday an released a statement regarding Lawrence Tynes and Josh Freeman. Smith revealed the steps and actions that the union will be taking towards the Buccaneers.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith was at One Buccaneer Place Tuesday speaking to players on his scheduled trip to the facility. After a meeting with the players that lasted a little over an hour, he took the time to discuss some things that the union has done in relation to the Buccaneers in the media workroom.

Smith started out by releasing a statement regarding Lawrence Tynes and the MRSA situation.

“Earlier this morning we filed a grievance on behalf of Lawrence Tynes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in connection with what we believe are significant concerns about the manner in which that player and perhaps other player’s safety was handled by the team,” Smith said. “It’s obviously the beginning of the grievance process and we will look forward to working with the league to figure out what the facts are and most importantly take steps to make sure that they and every team are protecting our players.”

Smith went on to address the issue now surrounding Josh Freeman and the organization in regards to his privacy after the information was leaked that the Buccaneers’ quarterback was in the league’s substance abuse program.

“I’m not going to have any sort of comment about any player in particular but I will say this: We have a collective bargaining agreement that mandates and protects confidentiality and privacy,” Smith said. “If we believe that any member of team management or anyone from the league has deliberately taken steps to thwart that privacy and to breach that confidentiality, this union will take every step and file every grievance and pursue any law to rectify that. We believe that it’s important to maintain that confidentiality. I appreciate the manner in which Josh has handled this personally because he is a good young man.

“But this is issue is a bigger issue about what’s right with respect to the relationship between players and management. And when those issues come to bear, this is a union that will stand up for its players.”

Smith was asked if he felt there was any evidence tying the Buccaneers to the information leaked.

“I think that we are sufficiently concerned about what we’ve heard to begin an investigation,” Smith said. “I believe that the league has the same interest that we have in trying to determine what happened. I look forward to working with Roger (Goodell) and people from the league in order to conduct that investigation. But on behalf of our players it’s also important for all of our players and fans to know that our system works if people abide by the rules. And if we have a concern that the rules have been intentionally broken, no one is going to be exempt from the consequences.”
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    pvine said: It is more evident now than ever that Schiano should have never been hired as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And Warren said: Time for the Glazers to clean house...GM & coach included! @both: I agree 100%. It´s beyond anything I could imagine why this bonehead of HC is still pulling the Buccaneers "brand" or name through the mud!!! Unacceptable.. As someone mentioned he won´t go to MNF game - I respect that big time. I for one, can´t root for a team that is lead by this kind of person (shiano). This isn´t a team to respect, to root, to look up to, to sympathize with - as of right now (just because of HC)... FIRE this Shame of HC, Shiano is to blame!!
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    If those Black Suits find out an underling of Schiano is the one who leaked the Privacy Information, they could report it as a HIPAA Violation to the Feds. They would come in and arrest the underling and flip him to testify against Schiano, and then you could see Schiano led away from One Buc Place in handcuffs. I don't trust Schiano's denials. Knowing this the Glazers need to preempt that possibility and fire him immediately and then call a news conference and name their Interim Coach and the changes they will be making to get our respectability back in the NFL. If the interim Coach does a fabulous job, sign him up as a permanent coach.
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    @76Buc: You & I are on the same wave length regarding Bill Polian...smartest GM in football (check his record on Wikipedia). Unfortunately, I doubt he would come to Tampa, doubt he would leave a cushy job @ ESPN, & doubt our owners would spend the necessary money to get him here...& further doubt the Glaziers have the stones to fire Dom.
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    Peolpe with ADHD benefit from whatever medication they are taking - different meds work differently for different people. What bothers me if that NFL policy is what Josh changing meds from adderall to ritilian and that may have created problems. I work in a dr's office and deal with these same medications and it is not normal to switch something when it works. Of course the team and the league know that Josh has these issues since both meds are banned without an prescription. As for the circus - that all boils down to to first coaching for letting it happen and second ownership for allowing it to continue. But that shouldnt surprise anyone who has watched how the Glaziers have handled the ugly side of the business when it comes to firing coaches or releasing players. Did future hall of famers Tongy Dungy & Derrick Brooks deserve the exit they recieved from the team they dedicaited a suubstainial part if not all of their career to? I just hope forthe sake of the team that this does not reach "bountygate" status.
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    Aside from the leaks as a season ticket older I am concerned that Freeman was suffering from ADHD and taking a drug with a lot of side effects. Did ADHD prevent him from focusing on the opponents’ game films and studying their defenses? That might explain his on field inconsistences. How much did the side effects of Adderall, of which there are many, effect his physical ability to perform on the field. My question did he tell the Bucs about this illness? If you are an employer with millions at stake on your performance do you have a right to know? Secondly, if the Bucs knew how stupid to think he may be a future franchise QB. As for Tynes contracting MRSA what proof that it was contracted at the Bucs facility?
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    This ship of fools is seriously sinking..Every day this nonsense is allowed to continue by the Glazers the more they show their disregard for the fans..I feel for the PROFESSIONALS in this organization who must suffer through this crap.There are guys out there who are putting their bodies on the line for a team that isnt acting in their best interests..We seem to have a coach who rules by fear rather than by example and respect,an unimaginative offensive scheme that is managed poorly and a talented defense with a reckless wild side that Plexicos themselves with penalties..it's not the players but the team builders who are to blame.How well really has this franchise and its direction gotten better since Dom took his positon?Yeah he got a FA here and a good pick there-but it's not enough or consistent.He might be a wiz with late round picks but how is that been working out for us?We need a Cower or a Gruden to come to town and bring their brand of respect and their knowledge of the game back to Tampa..A real coach could right the ship and a more effective GM who can keep the ship on course...
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    Toes on the line !
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    raheems party gang doesn't like putting their toes on the line and are getting the manager fired since they refuse to be controlled. i am glad ownership has not fired schiano. his in game coaching is in question, as are the results he is getting, but not his morality. that's what is ironic. freeman fails a drug test for his "ADHD" party drug use and leaks it to the media for leverage on a release and a 6 mil payoff and you "fans" blame the coach???? Mr TBA? total BS. wake up.
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    symptoms of adhd : daydreams a lot, hyper active, inattentive, squirms or fidgets, talks too much. Apparently, those are syptoms which are impossible to fake.
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    and by the way, the owners are in on these meetings about their 700 million dollar franchise. they are totally on board with putting freeman in a suite for the game if he is going to be divisive. seems clear that the problem is freeman. get that knucklehead out of here!
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    as far as maurice smith coming to the aide of the players, that's what he does, he advocates for the players-right or wrong. I can't wait to see how this plays out. If freeman(or one of his people) leaked the info, the Bucs should counter sue.
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    go to any medical website to get facts about adhd and you will see pictures of children! not 25 year old millionaires. its a total SCAM. he passed 46 drug tests, except for his adderall...which, by the way, kids in high school abuse all the time because it gets them buzzed. Total BS!!!!!!!
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    Freeman is a druggie. ADHD is not a disability adults suffer from. Adderall and Ritalin are stimulants tha adults use to get a high. He is not a child that can't control his attention span. He is not bouncing off the walls. What a bunch of hooey. He leaked the info to espn when he gave the unathorized interview. Freeman is a cancer that can't leave fast enough. Drafting Freeman was the worst thing to happen to the Bucs - ever. Thanks Raheem Morris.
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    Bill Polian (sic).
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    The best thing that could happen right now is that Freeman, Schiano, Dominik, Glazers, call a joint public press conference and let the media ask the questions to whoever they want too. So much for the Public Relations Staff and Marketing Staff. The truth needs to come out at this point. This is really embarrassing for the Tampa Bay Area. The Buccaneer Organization has handled this poorly.
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    The press never asks Glazers anything.
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    This is really rancid. Someone somewhere is not liking the way the front office has gone about things. Maybe a player that was cut? Or, a coach that was fired?
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    so does this mean the Bucs will go 0-18 this year.....
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    I agree. The Glazers need to clean house. I even like Dom, but he obviously twisted the timeline on Freeman's missed practice, and he's ultimately responsible for whoever leaked this. And even if another team leaked Freemans ADHD to Mortensen, who leaked it to THAT team? It had to have been one of our guys. He took all those 46 drug tests at the Bucs facilities. What a waste of a season. I was ready to go to the MNF game, but theres no way Im giving my money away as long as Schiano is around. But if the Glazers fire him before 11/11, I will absolutely go to the game, and watch 99s ceremony!
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    Of the thousands of people who might have been aware of Josh's drug situation, the two people with the least motivation on the planet to publicize it are Schiano and Dominik. More likely a current or ex-Bucs player, or players wife or girlfriend. You might like or agree with Schiano or Dominik, but nobody said they were stupid enough to further tarnish Freeman when they are trying to get a draft pick for him in a trade. Let's face it, Tampa is the middle of a media feeding frenzy and we just have to deal with till it burns out.
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    I am surprised that no one is thinking about Freeman's adderall script to Aqib Talib's and Eric Wright's suspension.Where do you think they got the adderall? It seems like Talib and Wright told Schiano where they got it and Schiano has been trying to get rid of Freeman ever since.
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    I've NEVER seen the Bucs covered by the media this much...even in the SuperBowl year. We used to have a saying in marketing that ANY publicity is good publicity...NOT so in this case. Time for the Glazers to clean house...GM & coach included!
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    It is more evident now than ever that Schiano should have never been hired as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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    The Glazers don't know what they are doing. Sell the team to a real football owner not a mobile home park owner.
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    They need to investigate Schiano perpertrating as a Head Coach. Expose him for being Bill Belichick's man servent. Would not surprised to see Ogletree and Black with the Patriots. BTW - Nothing racial about releasing someones medical records. That's private. You wouldnt want anyone releasing your trips to the Health Clinic would you? They also mentioned the Tynes incident. Anything racial there? Only racist make racial comments.
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    "The Buccaneer Way"
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    I want to know where Tynes had surgery on his toe. Was the procedure done in house or at a hospital. This MRSA didn't occur until he started his rehab. I want to know if he was the source of the outbreak. I also suspect that Twitter Tynes was the source of the Freeman leak. Larry was with the team long enough to hear things, and probably blabbed to the wife, who is pissed at the Bucs anyway. She called up the press and got this whole ball rolling.
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    You know what would make this the perfect circus? If Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton came to town to evangelize about the persecution by the Bucs against JF on racial grounds.
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    Whadaya mean? The Bucs can't do anything they want? I am aghast with any implication of wrongdoing by the Bucs, as they keep telling us that they are the epitomy of fairness and righteousness. Tell me its not so. The Tynes deal did not seem right to me when I heard about it and the Freeman thing was simply a conflict of the GM having to justify his draft pick vs a coach that wanted nothing to do with the player in the first place. Had they just traded him in the offseason none of this would have happened. The game plans to make Josh look bad and then the current and obvious political smear campaign on Josh to justify his benching. What a bunch of turds, they brought it on themselves and now they reap the whirlwind. You make me sick. Fire Schiano, release Josh (as they have made him a pariah now and no one wants to trade for him) and get rid on Dom for good measure. Glazers clean house now, it is your only hope of PR salvation, no you won't win many games, but maybe just maybe you can save face.
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    In addition to the greviance, the NFLPA and the NFL is launching a full scale investigation of the Bucs to determine the source of the leaks of Freeman's private medical information. The Glazers cannot be happy with the black suits parachuting into One Buc Place.
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