National Football League

                  === Reports: Bucs fined QB Freeman twice ===
 (   -   The  Tampa  Bay  Buccaneers  have  reportedly  fined
 quarterback  Josh  Freeman twice in the  past month for conduct detrimental to
 the team.
 Reports  of the  fines came Wednesday amid escalating tensions between Freeman
 and the team since he was benched for rookie Mike Glennon.
 The  latest fine was levied in the past week, Sports Illustrated reported. The
 fines  totaled $31,500, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and included $10,500
 for  an  unauthorized interview with  ESPN. The other  fine was for missing at
 least one team meeting, Sports Illustrated reported.
 Freeman plans to appeal the fines, according to both reports.
 According  to  Sports Illustrated, the  Bucs could potentially suspend Freeman
 without  pay,  setting up  a scenario that  would allow the  team to trade him
 without paying part of his salary.
 On Tuesday, players union head DeMaurice Smith said the NFLPA was looking into
 whether  the  Bucs leaked  information about Freeman's  inclusion in the NFL's
 drug program.
 Freeman  said he  has never tested positive  for an illegal drug but does take
 medication  for ADHD and said he accidentally took Ritalin instead of Adderall
 last year, which triggered a positive test.
 As  a result  of the test, Freeman was  placed in Stage 1 of the league's drug
 program and submitted to frequent drug tests.
 Bucs  coach Greg  Schiano said he was  "absolutely not" the source of the leak
 after being asked by reporters.
 Freeman  says he would  like to be traded or released. He has started 59 games
 for the Bucs since being drafted in the first round in 2009.
 10/02 21:42:03 ET