As of right now Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is currently a stage one participant in the NFL’s drug program, however YouWager experts have learned that league and player sources with knowledge of his status have stated that the 25 year-old is not one strike away from a suspension even though he’s being subject to random testing.
Sources have added that Freeman has obtained a temporary-use exemption for a prescription drug that normally would be on the banned list.
In a statement released earlier this weeks, Freeman said he has a prescription for Adderall to treat ADHD; nevertheless, back in 2012 he accidentally took Ritalin, which triggered a positive test.
As a result of the positive test the Missouri native submitted to frequent drug screenings, leading to his placement in stage one of the NFL’s drug program.
Freeman was benched last week as Tampa Bay’s starter and would prefer to be traded or released but the team has no plans to release him. Under the drug policy, teams that are interested in acquiring the quarterback are entitled to know his status only if he is one strike away from a suspension, according what sources have said.
There are three stages to the substance abuse program that contain a variety of corrective measures, these include random testing, treatment, fines and suspensions.
As for the temporary-use exemption of the prescription drug, that has been approved for the former Pro Bowler.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith is visiting the Buccaneers this morning as part of his annual 32-team tour over the next couple of months, sources have said.