Waiting On The Doug Martin Statement

December 28th, 2016
Suspense grows.

Suspense grows.

So the drama continues to build under the roof of the building that Team Glazer built, known as One Buc Palace.

The Bucs made it clear during Dirk Koetter’s daily presser today that the team would have no comment on the Doug Martin situation. Instead, the team chose to recuse itself saying Doug Martin’s camp will release some sort of statement today, but no timetable was offered or any hint to the subject matter.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com claims Martin is stepping away for “personal issues.” Read into that what you wish.

It is never a good thing, from Joe’s experience, that a team won’t issue a statement on a player’s absence. Teams always want to take credit for something good. So the fact the team is quiet and allowing the player’s camp to talk publicly tells Joe this is not good, whatever it is.

Could be a family member needs some sort of assistance or perhaps is in dire health. Could mean a loved one has passed… could mean just about anything, but rarely anything good.

Anyway, the Bucs listed Martin’s absence on the injury report as non-injury related. We may know more when the statement is released, whenever it is released, or the issue could remain just as cloudy.

46 Responses to “Waiting On The Doug Martin Statement”

  1. Doctor Stroud Says:

    If Doug Martin “steps away” (i.e., retires), will this impact the cap next year?

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    Trade him already

  3. Eric Says:

    I’m just going to throw this out there, he has been known to hang out with Austin Sefarin-Jenkins and Josh Freeman a lot.

    Take that as you will…..

    He’s my favorite player so this is sad to see.

  4. Kobe Faker Says:

    no one is going to step away from 7 million

    can we legally not have to pay him if he cant play in this condition (non injury)

  5. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Doug has been my favorite player since we drafted him. At least from an outside view he seems like a super nice, happy dude. And when things are clicking on the field he is a badass. I hope he can sort out whatever needs sorting out and get back out there.

  6. feelthepewterpower Says:

    That’s likely Doug’s agent, Joe

  7. Wombat Says:

    Smells like failed drug test…

  8. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I’ve always wondered what the mysterious behind-the-scenes ‘personal’ stuff was that was brought up a few times when Martin’s contact extension was being debated publicly.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    A whole lot of speculation. I think I’ll just wait for an official announcement rather than make assumptions.

  10. DB55 Says:

    DAm, Joes ran dougie out of town. WHOS NExt LVD

  11. Tnew Says:

    Failed drug test….this explains a lot.

  12. Buccanole Says:

    Awhile ago I saw several mock drafts where people had us taking Dalvin Cook. I know, i know, mock drafts don’t mean diddily especially that early on but I remember thinking “I wonder if these guys know something I don’t and we are planning on moving away from Doug.” Hope their isn’t a bigger issue here where him and the coaches/management aren’t seeing eye to eye

  13. meat Says:

    He was always boys w/ Josh Freeman and I saw Freeman personally scoop lots of stuff that would only hurt his performance in a Ferarri w/ out a current contract, on his way to another workout. Dougie got paid and does the same stuff as Freeman….

  14. Gencoimports Says:

    DB55, I’ve been hard on the Joes but they didn’t make Doug Martin take PEDs. He’s starting a 4-game suspension now. I am so disappointed in 22. Lousy OL or not, I can no longer defend him.

    I hope he is able to overcome this and return to the team next year and be the beast he was in 2012 and 2015. But for the Bucs right now, they need to prepare for life without him.

  15. Kobe Faker Says:

    Breaking: Bucs RB Doug Martin was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. He is entering a treatment facility for help.

  16. Jeffbuc Says:

    He failed a drug test and is suspended 4 games. He is entering treatment facility. Story is on nfl .com

  17. Kobe Faker Says:

    from my girl Jenna Laines LIPs

  18. Gencoimports Says:

    I still wouldn’t draft a RB in the first round though.

  19. Clodhopper Says:

    I need no more information. I’m making all kinds of assumptions. He hates Keotter. Licht smells too much like tuna fish, spam, and raw beef for his liking. Dr says he has to have a backeotomy. He’s pissed at Joe for calling him Muscle Hamster one too many times and wont play until Joe’s credentials are revoked, but Darcie has a huge crush on them and wont do it!!

  20. unbelievable Says:

    supposedly he’s entering rehab?

    4-game suspension looming? Wonder what kind of drugs…


  21. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Kobe is proven to be the “ass clown.”

  22. Tnew Says:

    My guess is these were Performance Inhibitting Drugs. Question is does this allow the team to void his contract?

  23. AC Says:

    Doug got paid and bought a few pounds!! Lol come on a Douglas I know you aren’t playing this bad because you’re chiefing the reefer it should make you play better!! Smh oh well we still saw progress no one really thought we would get to the post season and win did you?

  24. Gencoimports Says:

    Statement by DM and JL http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000765376/article/doug-martin-to-enter-rehab-facility-suspended-4-games

  25. Chris Says:

    People like Kobe bashing Koetter for the benching and keeping a tight mouth about it

  26. Wombat Says:


  27. Pickgrin Says:

    Yup – Dougie Rehab

    Glad he decided to reach out for help instead of deny deny deny

  28. BucDaddy82 Says:

    Got paid and let his team and the organization down. Move on from him.

  29. Tnew Says:

    People don’t tend to go to rehab for weed either. This saddens me.

  30. D-Rome Says:

    I’m sorry to hear this about Doug. It seems that it’s not PED’s. Doug stated the following:

    On the field, I must be strong and determined to push through both pain and injuries to become an elite NFL running back.

    Sounds like weed to me. You know, fans and organizations demand a lot out of these players. I would much rather the players smoke weed to deal with the pain than be prescribed addicting pain killers or pills that don’t help at all.

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Drug suspension. Guess that explains a lot. Maybe you haters can stop blaming Koetter now. Twits.

  32. Aristotle Says:

    As an buccaneers family we should all wish the best for Doug and not anything bad. He let us down yes, but we do not know what he’s been through. We are pulling for you Doug, stay strong, get better, and come back with a vengeance for us. Good Luck Buddy!

  33. BCoburn Says:

    I read his statement and mentioned pushing through injuries to become an elite back and trying to take the same approach off the field, but that he can’t do it alone. I have to wonder if maybe after some of the injuries he’s had he has become addicted to some type of narcotic prescribed for the pain.

  34. BCoburn Says:

    He certainly doesn’t seem like the type to be in it for recreation, but you never know.

  35. BuccaneEric75 Says:


  36. D-Rome Says:

    People don’t tend to go to rehab for weed either. This saddens me.

    Generally speaking you are right but it’s not unprecedented. Tyrann Mathieu went into rehab for weed and now he’s a star in the making.

  37. Tnew Says:

    BC.. the prescribed pills aren’t on the list of banned substance to my knowledge… Stupid that weed is, but people tend to not do rehab for weed. Rehab indicates an addiction to me. We as the fans won’t ever know the real truth most likely. You just can only read the tea leaves. If he’s addicted to pills, then he may well have gotten popped for weed trying to manage it all.

    My fear is that the drugs were more recreational in nature. I hope that is unjustified fear because the selfishness that comes with that decision is not tolerable.

  38. Tnew Says:

    d-Rome… I really hope it is weed.

  39. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Wouldn’t need rehab if it were pot…I bet it is pain killers he got addicted to while recovering from injury.

  40. Tnew Says:

    Bonzai… wouldn’t have got busted by NFL for the pain pills tho.

  41. Eric Says:

    I will be extremely upset if he is not back next year. Everyone makes mistakes and I CANNOT STAND the fans that act like Doug played for money. He is committed and will do anything to get on the field.

    That mentality is rare and far between. These players are passionate, they do not work hard for the money and simply give up. They have pride.

    I’m very disappointed in him, as we all should be, but do not write him off yet. He loves playing for us and I am confident he will triumph over adversity and have a solid 2017 season.

  42. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I still stand by my statement that Koetter should have let him play. He wasn’t suspended Saturday, he could have played. We were fighting for a playoff berth, Play Him. And really he could have fought his suspension and played the rest of the season.

  43. LakeLandBuc Says:

    If he was suspended last week, he could have fought the suspension and played Saturday.

  44. SteelStudBuc Says:

    I read it was Adderal
    Its like speed… Gets u pumpred… Maybe hes been on meth too who knows…
    Ive been to treatment before… Hopefully things work out for him. Wish Doug well.

  45. Joe Buc Says:

    What kind of drugs besides aderal is he addicted to?

  46. Joe Says:

    What kind of drugs besides aderal is he addicted to?

    No one really knows what Martin was popped for — whatever “PED” he was taking he was clearly taking the wrong one. Martin’s agent claims it was Adderall but that’s what he wants the public to think. Remember, he is employed by Martin. Unless Martin’s camp releases the tests results, who knows?

    Also note the NFL is not allowed to release results of tests.