The NFLPA has reached out to the NFL to conduct a joint investigation into the leaked information about former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman’s medical information. That’s because they believe the league will not pursue the man they believe is the source of the leak, Greg Schiano.
This information comes courtesy of Tom Pelissero of USA Today, who also provides this interesting bit of information about the NFLPA’s stance on the topic.
In correspondence obtained Saturday by USA TODAY Sports, the union says it has no confidence in the NFL’s separate investigation, in part because the union is unaware of any previous league investigation into a confidentiality breach that has yielded discipline.
And the NFLPA contends it has information the original breach occurred when Schiano discussed Freeman’s status in the league’s substance-abuse program with other Buccaneers players, prior to the quarterback’s Oct. 3 release.
These are serious accusations that could cost not only Schiano but the organization dearly if they’re true. The NFLPA sees this as a malicious attack on Josh Freeman’s privacy for the benefit of the team, and therefore they’re going to do everything they can to make sure they find the source of the leak.
If Greg Schiano told players on his team that Josh Freeman was in the NFL’s drug testing program, he overstepped his responsibilities and should be punished accordingly. The nature of his presence in the program was due to a medical condition, and therefore should not have been discussed with anyone else.
Every employee has a right to medical privacy, even NFL players. So no matter Greg Schiano’s intentions, if he talked about Freeman’s drug program status in any way with Freeman’s co-workers, he should be removed from his position. That’s an abuse of power and it’s fully irresponsible.