NFLPA probing matters whether Buccaneers leaked info on Josh Freeman
On Tuesday DeMaurice Smith, exec. Director for the NFLPA said ''We are sufficiently concerned about what we've heard to begin an investigation.''
In an official statement Freeman’s agent Erik Burkhardt released with his consent on Monday, he said that he had joined the NFL substance abuse program consensually and had agreed to be tested for drugs randomly after he had taken Ridalin instead of Adderall for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder about a year ago.
He was allowed to consume prescribed medication for the treatment of ADHD for the duration of his time in the NFL and had never been tested positive for any illegal drugs or PEDS. It also said that he was tested negative for 46 tests taken since joining the program.
The quarterback came to bad terms with the team after his poor performance in the starting three games, after which he was benched, his name removed from the active roster and he was dismissed from his starting position. Freeman has the suspicions that the Bucs are responsible for leaking such personal information about him as they are looking to get rid of him one way or the other.
Although the league policies ban Schiano from talking on the confusing matter as it unfolds, he did confirm that he never disclosed any such information about Freeman.
In his statement, he said ''I really don't want to get into what Josh's thoughts are about how things got out. I know what I've done, and I'm 100 percent comfortable with my behavior.”
''Certainly that's not what you want to happen at all. But, alluding to the accusations, I don't appreciate that either when someone's accused of something that's not true,'' the Bucs coach said. ''At the end of the day, it's not a good thing, and we need to just keep moving forward beyond it.''
Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano denied allegations that he was the person who had disclosed information that Freeman was admitted in the Stage 1 substance abuse program. DeMaurice Smith visited the Tampa Bay players on Tuesday during a tour to all leagues and discussed matters with them.
Smith didn’t disclose much about the matter either. ''I will say this, we have a collective bargaining agreement that mandates and protects confidentiality and privacy.'' He said. ''If we believe that any member of the team management or anyone from the league has deliberately taken steps to thwart that privacy and breach that confidentiality, this union will take every step and file every grievance and pursue any law to rectify that.”