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Freeman calls shooting mishap 'poor choice of judgment'



Struggling Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who hasn't made great use of all his weapons on the field, said he's done shooting guns during the football season.

Freeman suffered a cut to the thumb on his throwing hand Oct. 31 during a mishap at a local shooting range when the Desert Eagle semi-automatic pistol he was firing recoiled. Freeman said the injury, which occurred eight days after he sprained the same thumb in a loss to Chicago in London, required five stitches but did not affect his ability to grip or throw a football.

Freeman said he had fired that weapon 'countless,' times and had been to the gun range during an off-day two weeks before the mishap. But after meeting with general manager Mark Dominik, he said will not go to the firing range during the season.

"With a little free time during the bye week, I like to use the gun range,'' Freeman said. "It's a bit of an escape. I grew up shooting guns with my dad and I've always enjoyed shooting guns as a recreational thing. In hindsight, it wasn't the smartest decision but you've got to learn from it. So no more shooting guns in season.

"Obviously, it was a poor choice of judgement doing it in season. But at the end of the day, I've got to live with the consequences and I'm moving forward.''

Freeman had the stitches removed a week later but played one of his better statistical games at New Orleans Nov. 6 when he passed for 281 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in a 27-16 loss to the Saints.

"The scratch on the thumb was purely cosmetic,'' Freeman said. "The thing that was affecting it was the sprain, but game in and game out, kept getting hit and kept flaring back up. But yeah, it was mainly the sprain.''





[Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:17pm]


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