It's been an eventful 10 days for the Buccaneers. The team benched quarterback Josh Freemanlast week, still found a way to lose to the Cardinals Sunday to drop to 0-4, and have spent the rest of the time dodging accusations that they're trying to sabotage Freeman's career and sully his good name.
The latest: Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt sent this tweet Thursday:
AND... Another breach of personal & confidential employee information: releasing info of alleged team violations w associated fines— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) October 3, 2013
This comes a day after a report that the Buccaneers had fined Freeman twice and were looking to suspend him.
But that's just the beginning; on Monday, ESPN reported that Freeman was in Stage 1 of the NFL's drug program. That information is confidential, by the way, which explains why Freeman issued a statement hours later to set the record straight. (The NFLPA is investigatingthe matter.) It's also why the media asked Bucs coach Greg Schiano on Tuesday if he leaked that information.
Freeman said last week that he wants to be traded, and the team is reportedly trying to oblige him.
One problem, as pointed out by former NFL front-office executive Andrew Brandt: What team would trade for Freeman when it's clear the Bucs will end up releasing him?
Those sentiments were echoed by a former Buccaneers employee.
Somebody is really out to torch Josh Freeman's reputation. More stuff keeps leaking. Why would people keep doing this?— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) October 2, 2013
At this point, it can't be the Bucs can it? I mean it kills any trade value they have. So why keep letting stuff like fines on him leak?— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) October 2, 2013
Which means for now that Freeman and the Bucs are stuck in a loveless marriage. And it's not even for the kids. Just spite.