The NFLPA is not happy with whoever leaked the fact that Josh Freeman is in stage on of the NFL's drug program, while never having tested positively for banned street-drugs. In fact, they are so angry that they told Pro Football Talk they were going to be "coming after everyone" to get to the bottom of who leaked Freeman's drug status.
According to Pro Football Talk, that person could be subject to a fine of up to $500,000, although finding the offender may be difficult. Expect the NFLPA to make life difficult for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who appear to be the most likely source of the leak -- although it's not clear whether they even would have known of Freeman's status in the drug program.
The league office and the officials running the drug program would obviously know about Freeman's status, while other teams may have inquired after his status but would only have been told it if Freeman was one strike away from suspension, according to Chris Mortensen. Freeman is not one strike away from suspension, so that would presumably exclude other teams from knowing his status.
And thus another bit of completely ridiculous drama in Tampa continues. Drama, rumors and ugly leaks have been the name of the game for the Buccaneers this year, and reports meant to injure Freeman's status appear to have come from within the walls of One Buc Place. Where else would they know that Freeman has missed multiple meetings?
If Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to maintain a shred of respectability, they need to do everything they can to help the NFLPA get to the bottom to this and to stop these leaks. Because this is just embarrassing and not something an organization with any kind of class lets happen.
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