NFLPA wants a joint investigation of Freeman leaks

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Quarterback Josh Freeman is gone from the Buccaneers but the events preceding his exit have not been forgotten.

Per a league source, the NFLPA wants a joint investigation to be conducted into the leaks of information regarding Josh Freeman.  As Tom Pelissero of USA Today has reported, the NFLPA wants to participate in the investigation because the union is aware of no internal investigation regarding a confidentiality breach that has resulted in discipline.

The bigger concern, as we understand it, is that the NFLPA has no ability to compel participation in the investigation by Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano or any other members of the organization.  Without the ability to force Buccaneers employees to talk and/or to surrender documents and phone records, it will be impossible for the NFLPA to get to the truth.

The NFL previously has expressed an intention to conduct its own investigation, and a willingness to impose discipline.  The league also has said that it expects the union to be prepared to take action if it turns out that some of the leaks came from Freeman’s camp.

Per the source, the NFLPA’s primary objective at this point is to determine the source of the leaks, and that the union would take action to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, if Freeman or his representatives were involved in leaking information in an effort to force Freeman’s way out of Tampa.

16 responses to “NFLPA wants a joint investigation of Freeman leaks

  1. The media will never give up their source because that would be career suicide.

    Considering Freeman will earn like $6 million from the Bucs and another $2 mil plus from the Vikings, he should focus on that and try to make the most he can next year.

    If Freeman wants to look good for his next employer, he should drop this.

  2. Per the article in your link, the NFLPA believes Schiano is the leak? Maybe that isn’t surprising, but it is surprising that they are ready to say so. Grabbing my popcorn.

  3. Schiano and the Bucs had nothing to gain by leaking the information. They were doing everything they could to find a trade partner. Freeman’s camp however was trying to create a “victim” scenario, and hinted that The Bucs were engaging in a smear campaign to tarnish his reputation. The leak came from Freeman……this is an easy riddle. Even Ronde Barber has said that the media has it all wrong, and that it’s been Free manipulating everyone, not Schiano. And I’ll take Ronde’s word over anyone.

  4. I would be very ironic if this investigation uncovers that the “leaks” were made my Freeman’s camp to initiate the kind of firestorm that led to him getting his outright release.

    I’ve always found it suspicious because it made no sense for the Buc’s FO to make those leaks, because all it would accomplish would be to diminish his trade value, while the Freeman camp had everything to gain by creating this firestorm

    Its kind of brilliant when you think about it. The media, which gets 90% of its info from agents and their like, would jump right on the Buc’s to support their major source of information. The Buc’s on the other hand can deny all they want, but the media will simply ignore it and stick to the party line.

    The end result is that the Buc’s get nothing for Freeman except a bill for the rest of his 2013 salary, and Freeman gets a new team, a couple of million extra dollars, and a fresh start. Not a bad deal for a guy who has a completion rate well below 50%

  5. I’m sure the league is just “shaking in their boots” at the prospect of the Union investigation.
    It’s already been established that this so called union sits idly by as the league does whatever it wishes.

  6. .

    ” without the ability to force Bucs employees to talk ”

    Perhaps the player’s union could then impose ” sharia law ” on those who are reticent.


  7. Hey Mike, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t releasing an individual’s private medical records a crime? I know players have to give up certain privacy protections, but even the league only allows the release of this kind of medical information if the player is one violation away from a suspension. That wasn’t the case here, meaning that whoever leaked the info shouldn’t legally fall under the protection of the CBA and its negotiated power to release certain medical information regarding players. So, if these leaks didn’t come from anyone in Freeman’s camp, couldn’t they threaten to file a complaint with law enforcement if the league doesn’t agree to a joint investigation, followed by real punishment if a guilty person or persons is found?

  8. Both sides are going to take a hard stance in public on this until it fades away. Nothing will come of it other than the public buying into yet another smoke screen by both sides.

  9. Could just initiate legal action for hippa laws violation, NFL wouldn’t have to look at it. The attorney general would.

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