Josh Freeman has addressed the report that he is in stage on of the drug program. The Buccaneers quarterback says he has ADHD and entered the drug program voluntarily to show that a one-time mistake of taking Ritalin instead of Adderall was nothing more than a mistake. Freeman has an exemption for his condition.
Here's the full text of his statement, via Pro Football Talk.
Let me be very clear. I have NEVER tested positive for any illegal drugs or related substances. Further, I have agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 NFL-regulated drug tests over the last year and a half.
Since the confidentiality of my medical status has been publicly violated, I am choosing to address this matter so that grossly erroneous assumptions about me do not persist. Like millions of Americans, I have ADHD and I have been prescribed and permitted to take medication to treat this condition for the entirety of my NFL career. Well over a year ago, I took a different medication for the same condition (Ritalin rather than Adderall) , and to assure everyone that the error was a one-time mistake, I agreed to be voluntarily tested in the "NFL Program". Since that time, I have taken and passed all 46 drug tests I've been given, which test for every drug and banned substance imaginable. I agreed to allow such testing to be done at my workplace (team facility) because I spend all of my time there and I have nothing whatsoever to hide or be embarrassed about.
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. It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other. I remain dedicated and focused to being the best quarterback I can be and to help a team win a championship.
We can now put to rest the ridiculous overreaction I've seen in some places that suggested Freeman was a drug addict or was entering drug rehab. And we can get back to pillorying whoever is responsible for this leak, and forced Freeman to reveal private medical information to clear his name.