Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks during the NFL players association press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Convention Center. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The NFLPA Is Coming After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers For Their Possible Role in the Josh Freeman Situation, and for Lawrence Tynes

DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association made his yearly visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at a very opportune time this season, as he visited in the midst of the news breaking of Josh Freeman’s privacy being breached by a leak of his status as a player in the NFL’s Drug Testing program.

Smith also had some old business to take care of with the Buccaneers, which he mentioned to the media while he was in town. He announced that the NFLPA was filing a grievance in support of Lawrence Tynes and other members of the Buccaneers in regards to how the MRSA situation was handled during the preseason.

He also had the following to say about Josh Freeman.


This is great, and I certainly hope that Smith and his team are able to find the source of the leak and punish them to their fullest extent.

But I also hope that the Buccaneers ownership group, the Glazer family, speaks out in support of the NFLPA and their efforts, because this organization should not accept breaches of privacy. Action must be taken to prove to current and potential future members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that leaks of personal information will not be tolerated, and those who leak that information will be held accountable. This is really an unjust situation for Josh Freeman, who had his privacy breached by someone with an agenda or other devious motives.


We’ll be sure to keep you updated with the latest in this frustrating situation for the Buccaneers and their fans.

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