Good Morning, Broncos fans! The standoff between Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay continues to ramp up.
According to Jim Trotter, the Bucs and Schiano have fined Freeman twice for conduct detrimental to the team, including once in the past week. The fines were apparently levied for Freeman having missed a team meeting and for having given an unauthorized media interview, which is probably as ridiculous an accusation as it sounds.
As for the former, it's worth noting that Freeman was reportedly told by the team not to attend a team meeting earlier in the week.
Reports at that time had suggested the Bucs were lining things up so they could cut or suspend Freeman without pay.
Meanwhile, the NFL says it will investigate the leak regarding Freeman's presence in the league's drug testing program.
According to Andrew Brandt, Schiano is apparently just as much of an arrogant prick as we all think - writes Brandt:
In speaking with agents of several Bucs players recently, I have sensed a common theme: There is an atmosphere of fear and distrust under the current regime in Tampa. Players have told their agents about coaches roaming through the locker room (typically the players’ sanctuary away from coaches) and staff videotaping players on the sidelines during losses to single out players laughing or horsing around. The players also speak to the influx of multiple Rutgers players from Schiano’s past and the use of the phrase “Schiano Men,” a term that clearly does not apply to Freeman.
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