Update: Jenna Laine explains that the Buccaneers kept Freeman out of the first meeting because they didn't want him rejoining the team before Greg Schiano had a chance to speak with him, given all that happened the day before.
Earlier today, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik asked Josh Freeman to skip an early team meeting, as reported initially by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. Dominik spoke to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times and offered his explanation, which I'm just going to quote in full:
"Because of all that happened Monday night, Greg wanted to meet with (Freeman). I excused him and told Josh hold tight until 8 a.m. Josh did everything else today. He didn't miss anything. Coach wanted to talk to him about how we're going to move forward with him. Really, that's all it was. I'm the one that stopped him and told him to hold up for a few minutes so coach could get with him at 8."
That sounds like a perfectly reasonable explanation, right? Just ask Josh to wait for Greg Schiano to speak with him privately. Except Rick Stroud then reported that the private talk didn't happen until after the team meeting, which would mean skipping it would have been useless. In fact, Jay Glazer claims that Greg Schiano was actually in the team meeting. If Glazer and Stroud are correct, then Dominik appears to be trying to spin this story. Though, why he's not trying to spin any of the other stories is beyond me.
Jay Glazer notes that Freeman spent part of the day explaining to teammates that he was asked to miss the meeting, as apparently Freeman's camp believes Dominik tried to make his teammates believe that Freeman was skipping meetings. That seems a little far-fetched to me, but then everything in this ludicrous soap opera seems far-fetched to me. Regardless, it's indicative of how bad the relationship between Freeman and team leadership is.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go bang my head against the wall repeatedly.
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