Turns out, Tampa Bay can lose with anybody under center; they fell 13-10 to Arizona after opening up a 10-0 lead. But Freeman didn't watch the game slip away from the sidelines alongside the other inactive Bucs players. Nope, he was in a suite at Raymond James Stadium.
Coach Greg Schiano said it was a "mutual decision." In a shocking development, Freeman's agent disagreed vehemently, calling it a "lie, obviously," according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.
One of the reported issues that led to Freeman's benching was that he had missed at least one team meeting this week, and this is after he missed the team photo earlier this month.
Freeman said there was a "power outage, one of those off and on breaker resets'' that caused him to oversleep and miss the team photo.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 29, 2013
Freeman, who wants to be traded, said the news of his benching didn't go over well with teammates.
"You could tell it made some guys uncomfortable,'' he said.