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Scott Fujita “disappointed with the NFL” over suspension

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In his first statement since he was suspended for three games in the NFL’s investigation of the Saints’ bounty program, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita denied contributing money for bounties and insisted that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was wrong to suspend him.

“I disagree wholeheartedly with the discipline imposed,” Fujita wrote in a comment posted on his website. “I’ve yet to hear the specifics of any allegation against me, nor have I seen any evidence that supports what the NFL alleges in its press release. I look forward to the opportunity to confront what evidence they claim to have in the appropriate forum. Until then, I stand by my previous comments. I have never contributed money to any so-called ‘bounty’ pool, and any statements to the contrary are false. To say I’m disappointed with the League would be a huge understatement. Any further questions can be directed to my union.”

Fujita’s claim that he never contributed money for a bounty comes in sharp contrast to what the NFL said in its announcement that Fujita was suspended. According to the league’s investigation, Fujita “pledged a significant amount of money to the prohibited pay-for-performance/bounty pool during the 2009 NFL Playoffs when he played for the Saints. The pool to which he pledged paid large cash rewards for ‘cart-offs’ and ‘knockouts,’ plays during which an opposing player was injured.”

It’s hard to read Fujita’s statement and the NFL’s findings and see any room for common ground: Either Fujita is lying or the people the NFL listened to in its investigation are lying.

Fujita played for the Saints from 2006 to 2009 before signing with the Browns in 2010. As a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee, Fujita has criticized the NFL for not doing enough to promote player safety.

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51 Responses to “Scott Fujita “disappointed with the NFL” over suspension”
  1. hairpie says: May 7, 2012 3:14 PM

    “I’m disappointed i was punished for getting caught trying to intentionally injure players and change the outcome of games.”

  2. geauxjay says: May 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    Is it possible that the Saints acted like they were issuing bounties and offering money but never really had any intention of following through with it and everybody knew it?

    It is possible that both sides are telling the truth.

  3. 2009superbowlchampionsneworleanssaints says: May 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    *

  4. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    And the NFL is disappointed that the scumbag Saints had a bounty system. New Orleans = scumbag City, scumbag NFL team and scumbag football fans.

    Eagles = Super Bowl 47 Champions. Bank on it bitches.

  5. mrlombardi1 says: May 7, 2012 3:21 PM

    Something doesn’t make sense. The players and fans deserve to see some proof. Despite the crazy audio on Williams the Saints did not have a single penalty against the 49ers.

    Where is the video evidence?? Vilma has 3 personal fouls in the past 3 years. What gives?

  6. biggerballz says: May 7, 2012 3:21 PM

    hey db, you should be disappointed that you suck and no team wants to sign you. I hope you find a job and blow out your knee

  7. captatl says: May 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    “Yes your honor, I did take the $250K to kill her husband, but I really didnt intend to kill him…..promise”

  8. dexterismyhero says: May 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    Did Vitt ask you to play dumb also?

  9. geauxjay says: May 7, 2012 3:25 PM

    I guess all you obnoxious loudmouths who are so ready to whine about the Saints at every opportunity have seen the evidence. You’d be the only ones.

  10. couldntthinkofaname says: May 7, 2012 3:25 PM

    geauxjay says: May 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    Is it possible that the Saints acted like they were issuing bounties and offering money but never really had any intention of following through with it and everybody knew it?

    ____________________

    LOL Yeah right. That makes sense. Thank you for the laugh.

  11. drunkenjunk says: May 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    @bathroomben

    you come from the trashiest city ever. Philly is gross and so are the people.

  12. derfshambeaux says: May 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    Something tells me that the NFL has the evidence, but won’t release it because they probably obtained it through some shady, underhanded practice. This whole thing is a mess.

  13. chillyp says: May 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    Fajita, Open your books and let us all take a look at your checkbook during your time with the Saints.

  14. boobsmcgoo says: May 7, 2012 3:32 PM

    Eagles = Super Bowl 47 Champions. Bank on it bitches.
    ——————-
    Eagles fans chiming in? You don’t even have a dog in this fight….so to speak.

  15. zerodime says: May 7, 2012 3:34 PM

    I find it hard to believe that someone who has been so vocal about illegal hits and player safety would be involved in the bounty pool.
    Also, there is a BIG difference between pay for play and Bounty. Good solid LEGAL hits for loss of yards, or sacks have been bonused for years without any second thought.

  16. tscarlato says: May 7, 2012 3:37 PM

    chillyp, I believe the United States is an “innocent until proven guilty” jurisdiction. Not the other way around.

  17. dudicle says: May 7, 2012 3:37 PM

    “Until then, I stand by my previous comments.”

    Then, once the evidence is exposed, it will be clear that my previous comments were lies.

  18. kathyisintheroom says: May 7, 2012 3:38 PM

    hairpie says:
    May 7, 2012 3:14 PM
    “I’m disappointed i was punished for getting caught trying to intentionally injure players and change the outcome of games.”

    **************************

    I’m disappointed in losers like the above that don’t have a clue in their lil peanut sized brain.

  19. cmtoma says: May 7, 2012 3:38 PM

    How about all players/coaches/management involved in this crap take a lie detector test. It might not be 100% accurate, but if all the results show the same thing, this whole mess will go away one way or another.

  20. vbe2 says: May 7, 2012 3:39 PM

    Didn’t he have a chance to go talk to the NFL and he declined? He could have seen the evidence that they had then but he opted not to go so that he could say that they haven’t shown it to him.

  21. paulitik74 says: May 7, 2012 3:39 PM

    You’re right Scott, the NFL decided out of the blue to make up some reason to suspend you 3 games.

    These Saints players and fans really need to adjust their tinfoil hats, they are on way too tight.

  22. Chris Fiorentino says: May 7, 2012 3:40 PM

    He may have PLEDGED to give money, but since nothing actually happened, he NEVER GAVE MONEY. It’s pretty clear how both sides could be telling the same story here. How did Mike miss that???

  23. daysend564 says: May 7, 2012 3:43 PM

    You are disappointed in the NFL for disciplining you.

    Guess what. The NFL is disappointed that a you, a member of the NFLPA executive committee, participated in a scheme which would cause bodily harm to members of the union you represent. Even if you didn’t put money into the hopper, having your position in the NFLPA and lying/covering up the actions is grounds enough for your punishment. You should be forced to step down from the NFLPA executive committee.

  24. rayburns says: May 7, 2012 3:43 PM

    I have never contributed money to any so-called ‘bounty’ pool, and any statements to the contrary are false.

    Artfully worded. And probably literally true.

  25. bucngator says: May 7, 2012 3:44 PM

    Scott, while we respect your disappointment in the suspension…. you must understand that relying on semantics to get you out of this is not a viable defense.

    Furthermore, releasing certain information would jeopardize the spirit of the “whistleblower act” and potentially cause serious backlash to the informant.

    I think if they continue to push the issue, it should go through the legal system. This way, there would be significant consequences to their avoidance of accountability. They could face possible jail time and reparations to those they intended to injure.

    Let’s put it another way… if the players and coaches of the WV schools that play against Florio Jr. decided to create a “bounty” to injure or permanently disable him, would it be acceptable to “let it slide” if there were only verbal proof ? How about if the coaches admitted it and the players denied it?? Would he be so gracious to those players, or would he want them to be held accountable?

    We get it Mike,….. you wouldn’t have a job if the players suddenly decided to boycott your shows and therefore, you kiss as much butt as required to continue.

    But you must also know, it’s costing you a substantial amount of credibility in the process.

    Is it so hard to be neutral? All you have to do, is inject a little less opinion, and stick to posting the story.

  26. jimpt52 says: May 7, 2012 3:47 PM

    as per the issue. getting paid in one form or another to hurt someone is wrong.

    i feel the comiss has way toooooooo much power.

  27. primemundo says: May 7, 2012 3:49 PM

    He does have one of the best tattoos in football though.

  28. zerodime says: May 7, 2012 3:53 PM

    Even if they do find him guilty after the appeal, sidelining him for 3 games only hurts his new team, the Browns. The Browns were NOT a part of the bounty scheme, why should they suffer? Make him play without pay for those 3 games, that way he still takes the suspension hit in the pocketbook, but his new team doesn’t suffer for something that happened 3+ years again in New Orleans.

  29. nypd1056 says: May 7, 2012 3:54 PM

    So let me if I have this straight. The Commissioner in his infinite wisdom, just picked 4 players out of thin air without any evidence and decided to suspend them.

  30. rabbdogg says: May 7, 2012 3:55 PM

    idiots!!!…there was no pay to injure program…pay for big plays..big legal hits and turnovers are a whole different thing…why is that so hard for u saints hating retards to understand?

  31. jetropolitans says: May 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    I’m disappointed with my high school for giving me detention when I skipped class.

  32. chillyp says: May 7, 2012 4:00 PM

    tscarlato says:
    chillyp, I believe the United States is an “innocent until proven guilty” jurisdiction. Not the other way around.
    ___________________________________

    You are 100% correct, but this occurred in the NFL where the NFLPA gave the Commish the power to do as he see fit, without having to release a thing. In order for Scott Fajita (MmmmmmFajitas) to prove his innocence might mean he has to get ‘Pro-Active’ in releasing his own information to prove his innocence. So far Williams, Payton, Vitt, Hargrove & Unnamed source are all on record as saying 1) There was Bounty Gate. 2) Coaches knew about it. 3) These players had direct participation in it.

  33. nyfcat says: May 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    So to recap.. the team’s 3 top defensive players (Vilma, Smith, Fujita) all had nothing to do with this. Right.

  34. Kaz says: May 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    “Until then, I stand by my previous comments. I have never contributed money to any so-called ‘bounty’ pool, and any statements to the contrary are false.”

    Interesting. So if he provides proof then it’s true? If it’s false it’s false. Why leave the door open for it to be true only if they prove it? Football players. They think we are idiots….

  35. raidersftw says: May 7, 2012 4:02 PM

    This is coming from the same guy who ended Jason Campbell’s career in Oakland

  36. weekendatberniemadoffs says: May 7, 2012 4:03 PM

    that’s what you get for blatantly rolling up steve smith’s knees a couple years back, you no talent ass clown.

  37. nolarules says: May 7, 2012 4:08 PM

    bathroombenlovemachine
    ——————————————-
    Thank you for making my day. Funniest post of the day. Eagles fan calling another team, it’s fans and the city itself a bunch of scumbags. Pot, please meet kettle

  38. westclaims says: May 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    When you have an attorney operating a football website and you have an ex head of officiating on tv broadcasts of games to clarify the questionable calls, you see where the NFL is headed. What a shame.

  39. nflsecurity862 says: May 7, 2012 4:17 PM

    Looks like Fujita is listening to Vitt and “playing dumb” very well!

  40. peachyc39 says: May 7, 2012 4:17 PM

    Funniest quote I have heard today…On The Doug Gottlieb Show…he just said that GW will soon be like Jack Nicholson was on A Few Good Men and will say something when asked “Did you order the code red?” “Did you order the CODE RED???” “I want the truth!” “YOU WANT THE TRUTH, YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH” LOL!!!!!!

  41. ilovefoolsball says: May 7, 2012 4:22 PM

    For everyone that is using the excuse “RIGHT, SO GODDELL AND THE NFL JUST WANT TO PICK ON THE SAINTS…SUUUURE” you’re being quite small minded, which isn’t unexpected but what you’re missing here is that the NFL isn’t intentionally singling out the Saints.

    What’s important to note is that they took several pieces of SHAKY evidence and are using that as HARD PROOF to issue the harshest penalties in NFL history.
    You’re also missing that there is added motivation for the NFL to come down hard so that they can use this ordeal as evidence that THEY were the ones being proactive for players in the upcoming trials involving player safety.

    Face the facts, if you’ve got a man crush on GODdell I understand you’re torn between the facts and hoping that one day you can touch his cloak but for the rational minded, unbiased fans out there if you put your team in the situation that the Saints are in, you’d start to see that there is not a single piece of evidence that proves that this wasn’t more than rah rah locker room talk.

  42. mylionsroaring says: May 7, 2012 4:22 PM

    The whole team should have to forfeit a couple games making it very hard to make the Playoffs, along with losing their 1st a 2nd round picks for a couple years.

    If teams want to take a chance after that so be it. You can’t pick and chose who to throw the book at. The whole team kept silent while it went on therefore they are all guilty IMHO.
    Jerry Glanvile was right NFL not for long if they keep doing things like this

  43. silentcount says: May 7, 2012 4:28 PM

    As has always been, THE REAL EVIDENCE is what happens on the field. It’s best to still follow the current system of judge & punish — Officials on the field watching your every move. If you make an illegal hit, your team gets punished right then and there. Goodell is opening up a can of worms by trying to throw flags if the fans can’t clearly see replays of the infraction. Especially from a pregame pep rally from 3 years ago. Is he that desperate to build a defense against the concussion lawsuits. “Look at how concerned I am with safety. I fabricated a villain and look at how severely I’m punishing them.”

  44. pooflingingmonkey says: May 7, 2012 4:30 PM

    This will have no effect, as being suspended from the Browns for any amount of time is a blessing, not a punishment.

    Futija will send three weeks watching Springer.

  45. browns627 says: May 7, 2012 5:11 PM

    trade him now!

  46. nflsecurity862 says: May 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    I hope the Browns release this New Orleans scumbag. First he participates in the bounty, gets caught, then has the nerve to lie to try to save his career. Get rid of this loser!

  47. vikingamericann says: May 7, 2012 6:26 PM

    mylionsroaring | May 7, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT
    The whole team should have to forfeit a couple games making it very hard to make the Playoffs, along with losing their 1st a 2nd round picks for a couple years.

    mylionsroaring, being a Detroit fan you may not have a sense of professional football penalties. But forfeits are an amateur rule. This maybe a sufficient penalty for the 0-16 Lions, but not a 13-3 professional team. But their’s hope maybe a pro football team we relocate to Detroit one day.

  48. marima07 says: May 7, 2012 6:36 PM

    Question for Scott Fujita: Did you do it or not?

    Forget about whether the NFL has enough evidence to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re guilty – or if the league’s evidence has some holes in it, what’s the truth?

  49. cowboyscanada says: May 7, 2012 8:40 PM

    Move this godforsaken franchise to another city! L.A. maybe,,,,

  50. mumaniac1 says: May 7, 2012 11:17 PM

    Funniest thing is that Goodell does not have the right to punish Fujita at all. He was no longer with the Saints when the new CBA was signed which gives Goodell all mighty power. Furthermore part of the agreement was to give players a pass on all actions previous to the CBA in exchange for the new punishment and appeals system. Seems the NFL doesnt want to live by what they agreed to. So whether Fujita did anything or not, by the agreement the NFL signed with the NFLPA, he should be immune to punishment since it happened before the new CBA.

  51. mumaniac1 says: May 7, 2012 11:24 PM

    chillyp says:

    You are 100% correct, but this occurred in the NFL where the NFLPA gave the Commish the power to do as he see fit, without having to release a thing. In order for Scott Fajita (MmmmmmFajitas) to prove his innocence might mean he has to get ‘Pro-Active’ in releasing his own information to prove his innocence. So far Williams, Payton, Vitt, Hargrove & Unnamed source are all on record as saying 1) There was Bounty Gate. 2) Coaches knew about it. 3) These players had direct participation in it.

    ___________________________________

    This is where you are wrong. At the time this allegedly occured, they were still under the old CBA. It wasnt until 2011 the new CBA was signed. Fujita left the Saints after the 2009 season, still under the old CBA.

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