Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said Tuesday that he played no role in ESPN's report that quarterback Josh Freeman is in Stage I of the NFL's substance-abuse program.
“Absolutely not'' Schiano said when asked whether he leaked the information.
After the ESPN story broke Monday evening Freeman issued a statement confirming his participation in the program. Freeman 25 said he is dealing with attention-deficit disorder and has the NFL's permission to use Adderall.
Schiano said it was unfortunate the information was made public and bristled at any suggestion he was the source of the leak.
“Certainly that's not what you want to happen at all'' Schiano said referring to the public airing of Freeman's private medical information. “Alluding to the accusation I don't appreciate that either.
“At the end of the day it's not a good thing and you keep moving forward.''
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