Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Josh Freeman: I have never tested positive for any illegal drugs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has responded to a report that he is a stage one participant in the NFL's drug program through the following statement.

"Let me be very clear. I have NEVER tested positive for any illegal drugs or related substances. Further, I have agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 NFL-regulated drug tests over the last year and a half.

"Since the confidentiality of my medical status has been publicly violated, I am choosing to address this matter so that grossly erroneous assumptions about me do not persist. Like millions of Americans, I have ADHD and I have been prescribed and permitted to take medication to treat this condition for the entirety of my NFL career. Well over a year ago, I took a different medication for the same condition (Ritalin rather than Adderall) , and to assure everyone that the error was a one-time mistake, I agreed to be voluntarily tested in the 'NFL Program.'

"Since that time, I have taken and passed all 46 drug tests I've been given, which test for every drug and banned substance imaginable. I agreed to allow such testing to be done at my workplace (team facility) because I spend all of my time there and I have nothing whatsoever to hide or be embarrassed about.

"Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information. It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other. I remain dedicated and focused to being the best quarterback I can be and to help a team win a championship."

Freeman has certainly had a rough go of it as of late. On Sunday, Freeman was inactive for Tampa Bay's game against the Arizona Cardinals, forced to watch the action in a suite at Raymond James Stadium instead of the sidelines with his teammates.

Last week, Freeman was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, which prompted Freeman to express a desire to be traded.

Earlier in the month, Freeman also admitted to missing the team photo shoot after oversleeping.

Via Eye on Football

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