According to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fined Josh Freeman multiple times this season for conduct detrimental to the team, and are considering a suspension.
If you’re thinking “seriously, more of this drama?” trust me, I’m right there with you.
Here are the details from Trotter’s source.
The infractions include missing at least one team meeting and participating in an unauthorized media interview. According to a source, Freeman plans to appeal the fines.
The fine potentially sets up a scenario under which Tampa Bay can suspend Freeman without pay.
This situation has reached a truly ridiculous level, with both sides firing salvos at the other hoping to “win the war.” The unfortunate truth is that there’s a fanbase embarrassed by their franchise, and not willing to show up and spend money on a team loaded with talent.
If it’s true that Freeman legitimately missed a team meeting, he should be fined for that, because that’s a part of his job as a starter or a backup. And while the team’s interview rules seem a bit ridiculous, especially for a player who feels he’s been wronged, he should still follow them and do his part as a veteran.
But this is an “appropriate” (for those who don’t speak sarcasm, I mean “childish”) time for this leaked information to surface, seemingly as another jab after Freeman and his camp accused the team of leaking his personal medical information.
The team is doing itself no favors by continue to ruin Freeman’s trade value, and they will not hear the end of the story if they suspend him and don’t release or trade him. I just don’t see the long game for the Buccaneers here, who continue to press their luck in this war of words versus Freeman.