Report: Team Security Ordered Freeman To Change SeatOctober 1st, 2013
The Buccaneers soap opera continues with word from Jenna Laine, formerly of NFL.com, who covers the Bucs for SportsTalkFlorida.com.
Joe knows Laine has some excellent sources, and one is telling her that Josh Freeman was ordered by Bucs’ team security to leave his personal suite Sunday and take his ass over to the official Bucs suite for inactive players.
Another wrinkle in the Freeman-Buccaneers saga was how his benching was handled, not just in terms of keeping him off the field Sunday, but the team mandating where he sat. Freeman was not only told he could not be on the field Sunday and was also told he could not sit and watch the game with his family in the suite he paid for himself.
A source close to Freeman stated that security actually came to the Freeman suite and told him he had to leave. Freeman obliged and was escorted to another suite to be with other inactive team members.
The source recalled, “It was as if he was being put into time out and punished, like a child.”
Would the Bucs really have security order Freeman to change his seat? That seems almost impossible to believe but given how the Freeman saga has unfolded under the New Schiano Order, Joe surely wouldn’t be surprised.
Joe can almost hear Freeman say to a security guard, “Dude, man, I paid for the seat. For real, I got a stub.”
Clarification: Joe has learned that the security who asked Freeman to sit with his teammates was security for the Bucs; a Bucs security employee, not stadium security. Stadium security are not employees of the Bucs.