It’s been quite some time now that the NFLPA has requested to conduct a joint investigation with the NFL into who leaked information about Josh Freeman being in the league’s drug program and his ADHD problems. The league has yet to agree to the union’s request however, and suggestions on who leaked the information continues on.
In a report by Len Pasquarelli on the National Football Post, Pasquarelli says that The Buccaneers’ organization feels the leak is coming from Freeman’s side and not theirs.
“Tampa Bay officials reiterated to NFP last week that they welcome any league investigation about who leaked word of former quarterback Josh Freeman’s ADHD problems, and his use of Adderall,” Pasquerelli writes in his article. “They will never say so publicly, but Bucs’ officials believe the leak originated from the Freeman camp and was part of what they feel was a strategy to get the former first-rounder out of Tampa Bay.”
On October 1st, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith visited One Buc Place on a scheduled trip to speak with players about some general topics. After the meeting, Smith briefly met with the media and addressed the severity of the situation.
“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.”
The day after the ESPN report about Freeman being involved in the NFL drug program, head coach Greg Schiano firmly denied having anything to do with the information being released saying he "absolutely not" was the source of the information and was "100 percent comfortable with my behavior.”
Freeman was released two days later and would sign a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on October 6th. Although he is no longer a member of the Buccaneers, this is a serious issue that will continue to be investigated and hover around the Buccaneers' organization.