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Agent: Schiano lied about Freeman watching from suite being 'mutual decision.'



Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the team and Josh Freeman came to a 'mutual decision,' that the inactive quarterback watch Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Cardinals from a suite at Raymond James Stadium.

But Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt, said Schiano's claim was a 'Lie. Obviously,'' in a text to the Tampa Bay Times.

Freeman went into the locker room for several minutes following the game but declined comment on his way to the players' parking lot.

"I'm not commenting at this time,'' Freeman said.

The Bucs led 10-0 until the fourth quarter when rookie Mike Glennon threw a pair of interceptions in the final 3:12. The first pick led to Carson Palmer's game-tying 13-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald.  Jay Feely kicked a 27-yard field goal to put the Cardinals ahead 13-10 with 1:29 remaining.

On the next possession, Glennon was intercepted for the second time by defensive back Patrick Peterson to seal the game.

Schiano was asked after the game why Freeman was not on the field Sunday.

"A mutual decision,'' Schiano said. "A lot of our inactive players, depending on the reason they're inactive, sometimes they go up to an inactive suite in the stadium. We talked about it, and once we decided he was inactive, we felt it was the best scenario for today.

"With all the happenings of the week, it was the best thing for our team. There's stuff I'm not going to get into. But that was the best thing for our football team today.''

After saying Freeman gave the Bucs the best chance to win last Sunday and again on Monday, Schiano reversed course Wednesday and decided to start Glennon against the Cardinals. Schiano said Freeman would be the No. 2 quarterback. But Freeman appeared in an unauthorized interview with ESPN Thursday night. On Sunday, Schiano made Freeman inactive.




[Last modified: Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:20pm]


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