Reports: Bucs fined Freeman several times
Updated On: Oct 03 2013 12:21:15 AM CDT
The Josh Freeman saga took another turn Wednesday night when multiple media outlets reported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback recently was fined several times by the team.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Freeman was fined three times totaling $31,500: $10,500 for conducting an unauthorized interview with ESPN, and undisclosed amounts for missing a team meal and for being late to the team bus before the season-opening road game against the New York Jets.
SI.com and NFL.com reported Freeman was fined twice for conduct detrimental to the team, for an unauthorized media interview and for missing a meeting.
All of the reports indicated Freeman is appealing the fines.
Freeman lost his starting job to Mike Glennon after the Bucs lost each of their first three games this season.
News leaked earlier this week that Freeman was in the NFL's substance-abuse program. The quarterback accused the team of releasing the confidential information, and he blamed his positive drug test on using the wrong prescription medication to treat ADHD.
On Tuesday, Freeman was asked to stay away from a team meeting, FoxSports.com reported.
Freeman is on the trading block, but his value diminished since the start of the season. He completed just 43 of 94 passes (45.7 percent) for 571 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions.
With Freeman in the final year of his contract, he and his agent said they "might be willing" to restructure his deal if a trade can be worked out to get the quarterback out of Tampa Bay. Freeman is owed more than $6 million for the remainder of the 2013 season.
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