(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly fined
quarterback Josh Freeman twice in the past month for conduct detrimental to
Reports of the fines came Wednesday amid escalating tensions between Freeman
and the team since he was benched for rookie Mike Glennon.
The latest fine was levied in the past week, Sports Illustrated reported. The
fines totaled $31,500, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and included $10,500
for an unauthorized interview with ESPN. The other fine was for missing at
least one team meeting, Sports Illustrated reported.
Freeman plans to appeal the fines, according to both reports.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Bucs could potentially suspend Freeman
without pay, setting up a scenario that would allow the team to trade him
without paying part of his salary.
On Tuesday, players union head DeMaurice Smith said the NFLPA was looking into
whether the Bucs leaked information about Freeman's inclusion in the NFL's
Freeman said he has never tested positive for an illegal drug but does take
medication for ADHD and said he accidentally took Ritalin instead of Adderall
last year, which triggered a positive test.
As a result of the test, Freeman was placed in Stage 1 of the league's drug
program and submitted to frequent drug tests.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he was "absolutely not" the source of the leak
after being asked by reporters.
Freeman says he would like to be traded or released. He has started 59 games
for the Bucs since being drafted in the first round in 2009.
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