Buccs Josh Freeman denies he’s been placed in NFL’s substance abuse program


Things continue to go downhill with the relationship between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and QB Josh Freeman. The QB and his head coach, Greg Schiano. Freeman is said to be seeking a trade as the situation is beyond repair. On Monday afternoon, his status with the team became rockier as several outlets reported that Freeman had been placed into Stage One of the league’s substance-abuse program.

Freeman released a statement via his agents, to clear the air and blast the lack of confidentiality he feels he’s experienced this season with the Buccs.

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.