(SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL Players Association thinks Tampa Bay coach Greg
Schiano leaked confidential information about former Buccaneers quarterback
Josh Freeman's inclusion in the NFL's substance-abuse program, according to a
The union wants the league to participate in a joint investigation of Schiano
so it can question him, USA Today reported Sunday, citing a correspondence it
Previously, NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith said the union would investigate if the
Buccaneers leaked information about the quarterback.
The union says it doesn't have confidence in the league's separate probe
partly because it is unaware of any previous NFL investigation into such a
confidentiality breach that has yielded discipline, according to the report.
After ESPN reported the quarterback's inclusion in the drug program, Freeman
said in a statement he never tested positive for an illegal drug but takes
ADHD medication and said he accidentally took Ritalin instead of Adderall last
year, which triggered a positive test.
As a result, he was placed in Stage 1 of the NFL's substance-abuse program and
submitted to frequent drug tests.
Freeman was released by the Buccaneers after being benched by Schiano and now
plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
Schiano was asked by reporters if he was the source of the leak and replied,
The NFLPA says it has information Schiano discussed Freeman's inclusion in the
drug program with other Buccaneers players, according to USA Today.
An NFL spokesman told the paper the league takes the confidentiality provision
of the drug policy "as seriously as the union and will vigorously pursue any
leads the union provides."
"However, such information should be shared confidentially with our office
rather than inappropriately leaked to the media before the investigation has
been concluded," spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
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