Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) slides for a first down during the first half of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Freeman Voluntarily Entered NFL Drug Testing Program for Prescribed ADHD Medication, Has Never Failed a Drug Test

Monday night was a busy night around One Buc Place, as news leaked to the media (violating confidentiality agreements) about Josh Freeman’s presence in the NFL’s drug testing policy.

It got out of hand quickly, with speculation running wild about Freeman’s circumstances. It got to the point where Freeman had to willingly inform Fox Sports 1 of the reasons for his placement in the program, just to clear his own name.


There is no reason why Freeman should have to make this information public. He’s just like anyone else, who has no obligation to reveal his medical conditions. And he shouldn’t have to defend himself against baseless accusations of drug addiction. But he did.


With headlines and speculation swirling about Freeman’s health and possible drug problems, the fifth-year man out of Kansas State set the record straight. But he should have never had to publicly deny information that was supposed to stay private.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported on Twitter that Freeman entered the program after switching medication he was taking for his diagnosed ADHD, and taking a dose of a medicine he wasn’t permitted to take. He wanted to ensure that everyone was aware of his mistake, and check on him to ensure he was not abusing any medications.

It’s shameful and borderline criminal that this information was leaked, and the NFLPA plans to pursue those responsible for the leaked information.

And for Freeman’s sake, I hope those responsible for leaking this information are brought to whatever form of justice is deemed necessary, as leaking information to attempt to damage Freeman’s reputation is an almost sub-human move.

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  • PINN

    When you get an exemption for Adderall or Ritallin, aren’t you making your medical condition known? And isn’t it a bit curious that the same network that held and exclusive interview with Freeman was the same network that brought this non-story to light?

    • Shark64

      You are letting the team and NFL know and not the public. That information is to be held strictly confidential.

      • PINN

        You’re right. But when teams inquire about a player and possible drug/medical treatments during trade talks, without being specific, teams can disclose whether or not a player had been treated. Freeman disclosed his condition to the public. No one else. He could’ve let the report be as vague as it was written. And the report written was a non-story.

  • Shark64

    The leaking of this confidential information by someone in the organization should be grounds for a complete house cleaning. This treatment of Freeman is disgusting. He may not be the quarterback solution of the future, but by all accounts, he is a good kid. Ownership needs to step in and make it clear that this unacceptable.