No Warm Goodbye From FreemanNovember 3rd, 2012
Now the following is no knock on Josh Freeman or his verbal skills, only a transcript of a telling response from the quarterback. For Joe, it’s telling because the well spoken Freeman was at loss for words and disinterested in talking about Aqib Talib on Thursday.
Hearing this exchange on The Josh Freeman Show on WDAE-AM 620 Thursday, Freeman sounded like a guy whose mom taught him not to say anything about someone if you can’t say anything nice.
Steve Duemig: Talk about Talib a little bit. You lose a teammate; this is a business.
Josh Freeman: Yeah. I mean, it’s um. I mean I’m not a GM by any stretch. I can just speak from being Aqib’s teammate. You know, he’s a guy that, um, a heck of a football player. And you know he’s a guy that is movin’ on in his career. You know, it’s, um, it’s just, like you said, it’s a business. That’s how it goes. But you know it’s um, really, it’s the least of my concerns at the moment.
Duemig: But you don’t spend a lot of time with the defensive side of the football to begin with.
Freeman: No. Yeah, but Aqib’s just a guy that gets to know a lot of people. He’s um. But yeah, he’s been on the team.
Joe has never heard Freeman string together babble like that.
Talib was widely considered a good teammate when he wasn’t suspended, working very hard, showing up with Freeman at player-run lockout workouts, playing through pain, etc. But this comment/non-comment from Freeman tells Joe that Talib’s irresponsibililty had run its course in the locker room.
Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson is trying to keep busy and penned a story in The Tampa Tribune about how the subject of Talib was taboo among players in the Bucs locker room Friday.
Nobody’s talking candidly. Joe can only speculate why, but Joe’s confident Talib’s ex-teammates spared him a good public tongue lashing.