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October 27, 2013 @ 10:26 am
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Report: Bucs Feel Freeman's Camp Leaked Information

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Gil Arcia

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The NFL and the NFLPA are still trying to determine who leaked information to the media regarding Josh Freeman's involvement in the league's drug program. In a published report on the National Football Post, the story says Tampa Bay officials claim that the leaks came from Freeman's camp.
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.
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    I suspected several weeks ago that the Freeman camp might be behind the leak. It didn't make sense for the BUCs to leak the info as they were trying desperately to make a deal for Freeman and wanted to unload his salary. The only one who had something to gain by being released outright was FREEMAN himself. Now he gets two salaries for sitting on the bench in Minnesota.
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    Once again I will tell you all the MOST LIKELY way it got LEAKED. ---- It happened right after our dim witted GM began trade talks with other teams. Some team decided they didn't want to give up a 5th rounder for Freeman so THE RIVAL GM called their buddy reporter and gave him the story. THE END. ----- Our GM has brought fervent despair to this organization with every step up the ladder on his personal "success". Dominik has been outplayed consistently by other GMs and over the last decade this organization has gotten worse, become a laughingstock, with each modicum of power and control Domink has grabbed.
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    hmmm....if the bucs leaked the info in question they damage the trade value of an unwanted asset, violate the trust of all current and future buc players, and risk a CBA and criminal violation. if josh's people leak it (and then he indignantly informs the world how many tests he's taken and that he's passed etc), his reputation is tarnished just long enough to torpedo a trade and then rescued in time to collect his full pay from the bucs plus the biggest offer the next sucker will give him for the rest of the year. i think it's clear that this and every other woe-is-josh update we got from inside One Buc Place only benefited one person, and that one person wasn't a Glazer, Mark Dominick, or Greg Schiano. either somebody at one buc place has a gun resolutely pointed at their own foot and is firing away, or Josh's people leaked all the negative stories..... the question is, if the investigation concludes that the leak came from the player's representatives, will the NFLPA actually share that fact or will they sweep it under the rug?
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    Well even more good news out of 1Buc (not) with Mike Williams on IR now, I guess we get to seen now whether Dom recruited any WR's with talent.
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    Freeman who? I don't recall a player with that name on the team. The rest is politics and BS. I don't care in the least about this issue. Go Bucs, find a way to win!
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    Who had the most to gain? Follow the money.
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    Some people will tell you anything - just like I told my wife that my trusted beagle Phred took the crystal top off of a bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac that had been given to us for an anniversary and drank half of it before neatly placing the top back on the decanter. Phred looked at me and said “you lie through your teeth”. Made me think of the Bucs! For those of you who have trouble understanding my posts – yes I talk to my dog!
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    Funny how the team's W/L record influences so-called Buc fans' thinking. If the team had won 4-6 games, everyone would be siding w/ the Bucs and their head coach on this. But because they haven't had a decent QB and can't generate TDs, everything, even the taste of the beer at RayJay, is Schiano's fault. Fans (or so-called fans) are fickle that way.
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    You know Morgan, you’re right! If we were winning, most of this would not be a big deal at all. But we’re not winning and we just didn’t start losing. Here is something you can’t argue with. We are 0-7 and Vegas has us 17 point underdogs against the Seahawks. This is no expansion team. The Glazers have spent a quarter of a billion dollars in the last two years to make us a play-off ready team. Who do you want to be held accountable? Name the teams you think we will beat this year? What is your measurement for success? I don’t know how old you are, but I’ve been following this game since Moby Dick was a sardine! It is all about wins and losses and always will be. Sorry Morgan, but in this NFL, when you win you’re a hero, but if you lose you git run! I didn’t make the rules, but them’s the rules buddy! Deal with it!
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    Morgan. We all know that you just like to stir things up to get your feel good high.higher level
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    Its funny that the same Qb that you say is not decent generated 27 tds the year before and it was all good coaching and this year teams are stopping everything you are trying even the run and its the QBs fault. See how it goes from good coaching to the QBs fault. then you get rid of the QB and you are still losing so its the rookie QBs fault. NOPE ITS COACHING!
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    I don´t see how the leaked info damaged Freemans reputition. He is still the 4000 yds passer with 27 TD just a year ago.. With that said, i don´t know what happened and everythings a possibility. Did anybody knew that? ;-) God, this season seems so long.. On special teams: Am i the only one, who is not convinced by them at all? The cover team seems okay, but the return team not so much(reference to Rich Bisaccia). And i hope we keep Chris Owusu as 4th WR
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    @scubog: That looks 100% correct. In addition, 12.) Freeman plays QB for the Vikes, and is so horrible they lie about a concussion just so they can start Ponder the following week. (Ponder, really??) Yep, he'd only been in the system for 2 weeks, that doesn't excuse throwing balls 10 feet over his WO's head on simple slants and screens. If he really had a concussion during the game, why was there no investigation into the Vikes' in game concussion testing procedure? Even if you don't agree with my take on events, can we all at the very least agree that we were had. They stuck a C and used the word franchise on a horrible draft bust. Even Glennon, who is not the future (better not be) is more accurate year 1, then Freeman was year 5. IMHO, when teams value what's on the outside (6'5) vs. what's on the inside (a solid understanding of QB mechanics) this is the risk you take. This is relevant and terrifying both because the team is about to pick a "franchise" QB again. Get it wrong and it's 5 more years of awful football, and the waste of a promising young RB's career.
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    Let me see if I have this sequence of events correct. 1.) Freeman convinces a doctor he has ADD and obtains a prescription for Adderal, alerts the League and is authorized to take his medication. 2.) Freeman mistakenly gets his hands on some Ritalin, a similar drug for which he has no authorization. 3.) Freeman notifies the league of the violation and by rule is placed on the testing program. 4.) Schiano and whoever else at OBP, notices Freeman being tested with or without knowing the reason. 5.) Freeman misses meetings, his own football camp and the team picture. 6.) Schiano has already drafted his Rutgers recruiting target and gives him half the repetitions and most of the pre-season playing time. 7.) The team and Freeman begin the season playing poorly. 8.) Schiano needs an excuse for his growing disdain for scapegoat Freeman in order to bench him. 8.) A teammate, Freeman, Dominik, Schiano or as someone said, an underling, whispers that Freeman has a drug problem without it being identified specifically. 9.) Once the world knows, Freeman tells his side of the story. 10.) Schiano not only demotes him to back-up QB; he bans him from the sideline. 11.) Freeman seeing the environment is not conducive to his survival requests a trade. Contrast this with the similar situation with the Jets. Now just who had this motive in the first place? In my view either Schiano or a player just talking out of school.....not Freeman.
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    Of course Schiano denied it. He did not want to be led away in handcuffs for a Hippa Violation and also give the Glazers cause to nullify his over generous six year contract, but he likely did not consider that when he was desperate to buy time to save his career here by finally winning a game so he had all the motive in the world to divert all the media onto Freeman as the cause of the losses and have a loyal underling make a call to the media and drop the beans on Freeman. That makes a lot more sense than the idea Freeman ruined his own reputation and dropped his earning power. Just my opinion as a former prosecutor. It will all come out in time but I hope the Glazers aren't delaying firing Schiano now just in order to save money on his contract. They are billionaires and need to do the right thing, which incidentally could boost the dollar value of the Bucs far beyond the contract money they could save. Wish they would see it for what it is--firing Schiano and Sheridan would be a Win Win for them.
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    Morgan; I am convinced now that you really could care less about our Bucs. You're just looking for debates. This is the last time I am responding to you.
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    couldn't care less what you or anyone else thinks - I support the team, their coach - have since 1981 -
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    Morgan; I still don't believe you you're not a fan.
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    LMAO, I can't believe that you guys are fallen for this, anything to keep our minds off of the 0-8 season that we are having. Wake up people!!!! The Rutgerneers SUCK!!!! Thanks to this SAD coach!!!!!! & Stop worrying about JF12, and pay attention to the Seahawks this weekend!!!!! 0-8!!!!!!
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    He said she said. Of course the Bucs say Freeman's camp did it and of course Freeman's camp said the Bucs did it. There's no reason to believe either camp until this investigation has concluded.
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    Freeman is a low talent football hack. He will be out of the league in two years. Let's move on.
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    If you go back to all of Scott Reynolds' slams on Schiano on this fiasco, I think you'll see that I posted that Freeman's camp probably leaked the information. On another note, i bet the Glazers are interested in the outcome of this mess since they're probably looking of a relief of cause reason to dismiss Schiano without paying his $5 mil/season remainder of his contract.
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    I wonder if the review of his Minnesota meltdown game tape was so bad and the reaction by his teamates was so bad that Freeman is now faking concussion symptoms(I am batman!) to collect on his last contract with the Vikes and not have to play anymore this year.
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    Not a shocker. It is obvious the player stood to gain. I sure hope the Bucs can prove it. That would open the door to compensation recovery and possibly a compensatory pick in the next draft. Also, Freeman would likely be out of the league if it comes to light that his camp initiated this deception. His talent/size is becoming a non factor like Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf in NFL circles.
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    He's gone - no more josh - no need to care one way or the other - it's over, let it go. Now let's see about playing like a professional football team.
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    Still makes perfect sense - either he's got a drug problem or tells the world he has HDHD. Not naive and no compulsory training necessary. Either way Freeman's long term reputation has been damaged.
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    Freeman ended up extra millions plus got his pick of teams to go to rather than being traded somewhere he would languish. So Freeman had all the motivation to leak and the Bucs had none. Plus his statement showed somethng that had been through a few drafts but came out within hours of the news breaking. Everyone was who believed the Bucs were behind it were just being played and ended up losing since the Bucs recieved nothinig. Let's try not to be so naive in the future guys.
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    Compulsory: Damn, it all could have been avoided, if Shiano and Dom would have made better decisions.@Dman: you almost understood.. Freeman had all those Drug test in the past (which was leaked) and all those Test were negative - therefore, everyone knows he´s clean and it looked like the team wanted to damage his reputation (and the whole league knew, that Free wasn´t part of the Bucs plan, therefore, they had no leverage in trade talks - ending with releasing him, therefore Free could make extra money AND choose his team). But we don´t know the truth behind all.
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    The politics of this is too thick. I think I'll wait on the NFLPA to sort this one out.
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    So let me see if I can follow the rationale - Freeman tells the world he's got a drug problem, information that is not available to anyone, so that he can damage his own trade value and his personal reputation so that he can get released to pick his own next team, teams who likely now won't be interested in him because of questions about whether he has a drug problem, a question that will follow him for the rest of his career. You guys are Brilliant.
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    Idiot here, but see if you can follow this: He released a statement that explained away a drug problem. Actually releasing the information allowed him to get in front of the whispers by explaining he had taken some 50 drug tests and never failed and that he entered voluntarily to the program because of a mix up with his medication for ADD. Include also what others here have posted that all the leaks damaged his trade value and got him released so he could pick his destination. Makes a lot more sense then the bucs destroying the reputation of someone they're trying to get value for in a trade.
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    Of course Schiano denied it. He did not want to be led away in handcuffs for a Hippa Violation and also give the Glazers cause to nullify his over generous six year contract, but he likely did not consider that when he was desperate to buy time to save his career here by finally winning a game so he had all the motive in the world to divert all the media onto Freeman as the cause of the losses so he and have a loyal underling make a call to the media and drop the beans on Freeman. That makes a lot more sense than the idea Freeman ruined his own reputation and dropped his earning power. Just my opinion as a former prosecutor. It will all come out in time but I hope the Glazers aren't delaying firing Schiano now just in order to save money on his contract. They are billionaires and need to do the right thing, which incidentally could boost the dollar value of the Bucs far beyond the contract money they could save. Wish they would see it for what it is--firing Schiano and Sheridan would be a Win Win for them.
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    There is no rational basis for Freeman to release this confidential information on his way out of Tampa and permanently undermine his reputation - none. Anyone believing this in an idiot. Pewter Report needs to call the Bucs on the carpet on this one. The NFLPA needs to hammer the Bucs organization. A claim like this is typical political obfuscation and misdirection by the current Bucs management. This is absolutely ludicrous. Time for Dom to go as well as Schiano.
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    +1
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    The Bucs stood to gain absolutely nothing by leaking anything about Freeman. They lost all trade value with all the leaks. This was Freemans camp all the way. By getting a release they got to choose where he would go next and not the Bucs. Schiano has been called a lot of things (most of it unproven) but he's not a dummy. And I'm sure as big of a family man as he is. He's not going to risk his career and the income of his family on a sorry QB who he had already benched (which if most have notice was the right derision)
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    I agree with the Bucs on this one. Anyone who follows politics knows that this is how you get ahead of a story. The Freeman camp addressed his supposed drug issue and forced the Bucs hand to release him by leaking the information. Completely unprofessional, but makes sense. This way he had the opportunity to explain the situation in a released statement versus rumors. Dirty, dirty stuff and I'm beyond happy that joke of a QB is no longer a Buccaneer.
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    Whomever is the PR of OBP he/she probably is pulling their hair out now. Instead of laying low or letting this issue slowly die away from the forefront of the Bucs fans misery this season they want to re-ignite THIS debate? Idiots. Let the investigation conclude and then throw the barbs with facts.
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