It came out that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is in the NFL’s substance-abuse program with a Stage One status. In Freeman’s statement, he hinted that someone within the organization leaked the information as the power struggle between Freeman and the Bucs persists.
Head coach Greg Schiano said “absolutely not” when asked if he was the one who leaked the information.
“I really don’t want to get into what Josh’s thoughts are about how things got out,” Schiano said, via NFL.com. “I know what I’ve done, and I’m 100 percent comfortable with my behavior. One hundred percent.”
It doesn’t really benefit the Buccaneers to leak that information. If they are trying to trade him why would they essentially drive the price down by leaking that information. The only real benefit the Bucs would get from leaking that information is a win, if you can call it that, in the public relations battle with Freeman.
Nevertheless, the fact that Freeman is in the substance-abuse program seems to be relatively unimportant. Especially given Freeman’s reasoning.