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07:14 AM ET 10.01 | Josh Freeman had his say on Monday, responding to a report regarding his status in the league's substance abuse program. In a statement issued to PFT. ... "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," Freeman says. "It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other." Freeman doesn't name names, but he's necessarily referring to people in his workplace. Given his recent issues with his head coach and given that these rumors and reports have arisen in the wake of those issues, it's not all that hard to connect dots back Greg Schiano or someone acting on his behalf.

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October 1, 2013  07:24 AM ET

This isn't nothing but ugly. If they want him gone, get rid of him, but this just tears the team apart.

October 1, 2013  07:25 AM ET

I'm far more interested in the Hot Clicks lady than Josh Freeman and his woes.

October 1, 2013  07:30 AM ET

Drug abuse can't be tolerated. Learn to use them correctly, or don't take them at all.

October 1, 2013  07:49 AM ET

This sounds like an intentional attempt by Schiano to essentially destroy Freeman's future in the NFL. If the guy has been diagnosed with ADHD there's no story...and he has.

Schiano is so bent on being right (that Freeman's no good) that apparently he'll go to any length to prove it. Schiano is a tool and needs to be cut loose immediately.

October 1, 2013  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This sounds like an intentional attempt by Schiano to essentially destroy Freeman's future in the NFL. If the guy has been diagnosed with ADHD there's no story...and he has. Schiano is so bent on being right (that Freeman's no good) that apparently he'll go to any length to prove it. Schiano is a tool and needs to be cut loose immediately.

Sounds like the exact opposite of Ryan trying to say how great Sanchez was all the time.

October 1, 2013  07:57 AM ET

In some part he has smeared himself.

October 1, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

In some part he has smeared himself.

Yep, and he's not smart enough to see it.

October 1, 2013  08:17 AM ET

This sounds like a personal vendetta to me. I had a boss like that once.

October 1, 2013  08:21 AM ET

I read this on PFT in the middle of the night.

I guess they figure they have no way to get value out of him due to his contract situation, and somebody is mad that he's making top dollar while being inactive.

This isn't the GM or Schiano, just some lower guy in the front office who's trying to make his bones.

October 1, 2013  08:26 AM ET

All this over a QB that just ain't that good.

October 1, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Freeman is a jet running out of fuel... no one giving him a place to land... yet

October 1, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

All this over a QB that just ain't that good.

Neither is the coach. Toxic situation.

October 1, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Yesterday Team Freeman claims the coach lied to him.

Today he claims people, not named, in the organization are saying bad things about him.

I see no good guys here at all.

October 1, 2013  08:48 AM ET

What's next, a brawl in the parking lot?

October 1, 2013  08:56 AM ET

The Bucs should take notes from the Eagles when they were dealing with TO and CUT him. The toxicity of this situation will only get worse, and if the other players see some proof that the coach is behind all this he will completely lose them, if he hasn't already.

October 1, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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Drug abuse can't be tolerated. Learn to use them correctly, or don't take them at all.

They should teach that in college.

October 1, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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The Bucs should take notes from the Eagles when they were dealing with TO and CUT him. The toxicity of this situation will only get worse, and if the other players see some proof that the coach is behind all this he will completely lose them, if he hasn't already.

With a fully guaranteed contract, they need him more than he needs them. They need to have a sit down.

October 1, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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They should teach that in college.

His doc changed him from adderall to ritalin and he didn't notify the NFL of the prescription change.

October 1, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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With a fully guaranteed contract, they need him more than he needs them. They need to have a sit down.

I think they are WAY passed the sit down point. On another point
, Evol - your avatar reminds me of the t-shirts that we're circulating around Denver when I lived there in the late 80's and Early 90's BEFORE Elway actually won a SB. The shirts all had goofed up Elway faces and the title "Elway Smelway" over the picture of him riding a donkey!

 
October 1, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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The Bucs should take notes from the Eagles when they were dealing with TO and CUT him. The toxicity of this situation will only get worse, and if the other players see some proof that the coach is behind all this he will completely lose them, if he hasn't already.

It's bad enough already. I'd be surprised if the NFLPA didn't file a grievance against the Bucs over this. They may not want Freeman around anymore, but blabbing his confidential medical history to the media is more than a little dooshy.

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