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Scott Fujita thinks the NFL has “very little regard for the truth”

Scott Fujita AP

As the NFL continues to insist that the four players suspended for the Saints’ bounties were deeply involved in a program that flagrantly flouted the rules, one of those players says he’s fed up with the NFL inaccurately portraying him.

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who is suspended for the first three games of this season because the league says he was instrumental in the bounty program during his time with the Saints, told the Associated Press that the information the NFL is peddling publicly is bogus.

I’m not saying the NFL is intentionally lying,” Fujita said. “I’ve been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they may have just been working with the information they’ve been given, even though much of that information was inaccurate and lacked credibility. It’s their cavalier interpretation of everything that’s been way off. They clearly proceeded with a public smear campaign with very little regard for the truth.”

The NFL continues to insist that Fujita put money into a pool that rewarded other Saints players for “cart-offs” and “knockouts,” but Fujita says he has far too much respect for his fellow players to encourage intentionally injuring an opponent. And Fujita pointed to his history of standing up to the NFL on issues of player safety as evidence that he wouldn’t do what the NFL says he did.

“I’ve had a few concussions myself. I have a dear friend [former Saints teammate Steve Gleason] who has ALS. I have a friend and former mentor [Lew Bush] who died earlier this year. Then there was the tragic death of someone I’ve admired for so long, Junior Seau,” Fujita said. “I can’t say for sure that all of these things happened because of football, but I’ve seen enough to have some concerns. I was elected to fight for these men, so in no way do I regret that.”

And now Fujita thinks, after he stood up to the league, that the NFL is smearing him.

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  1. thejuddstir says: Jun 24, 2012 3:37 PM

    Scott Fujita has very little regard for players not on his team, fairness and playing within the rules of the game.

  2. bangitfootball says: Jun 24, 2012 3:37 PM

    I have very little regard for Scott Fujita.

  3. cahkmometer says: Jun 24, 2012 3:41 PM

    “Yeah, I’d like 6,000 chicken Fujitas, please!”

  4. jpmelon says: Jun 24, 2012 3:52 PM

    I think Scott Fujita knows exactly how to save face when he’s caught red handed.

    “If you lie or break the rules, NEVER change your story.”

  5. corchamp says: Jun 24, 2012 3:55 PM

    The truth is out there

  6. clownsfan says: Jun 24, 2012 4:30 PM

    Cut him now. He’s become too much of a distraction.

  7. Patriot42 says: Jun 24, 2012 4:35 PM

    Suspend him for the season.

  8. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jun 24, 2012 4:37 PM

    These players that got caught participating in bounties sure do act guilty. Especially Fujita. He needs to lock it up!

  9. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 24, 2012 5:42 PM

    I kind of feel bad for the players because they had to play under a system the coaches came up with. But at the same time they should just say that………….everyone knows you had a bounty system or whatever you want to call it “pay for performance” program. I don’t think it really serves a purpose to basically call the league a liar and stonewall any punishment, which I might add is intended to make player safety better!

    Basically we have a Union defending players who targeted other players. Now this is the same Union who claims the League doesn’t take player safety seriously. Then when the League tries to get serious cries foul and defends its own members who were trying to target other members? If the NFLPA is so serious about player safety why is the league the only one funding research into better equipment, concussion research, along with a host of other programs? The NFL also had the safe ride program which it was forced to turn over to the NFLPA because of privacy concerns. The NFLPA funded that program one year then shut it down.

    I mean what exactly does the NFLPA care about other than money?

  10. gingerkid2000 says: Jun 24, 2012 5:59 PM

    I’m seriously wondering if these guys know that the NFL is obligated to not reveal who the whistleblowers are. It’s like they know that so long as anyone who gave the NFL any info is unwilling to reveal their identity they can just keep denying everything. Got news for you Fujita. So long as Goodell is the Comish, the CBA is still in place and you are part of the NFLPA, your sentence still stands. Maybe you should just man up & shut up.

  11. ham1 says: Jun 24, 2012 6:03 PM

    The NFL has little regard for the truth.

    Except when you lie to them then they drop the hammer.

  12. larryjames836 says: Jun 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    I’m just tried of the whole mess we as fans don’t know who lying or who telling the truth. Anybody can write something on paper that doesn’t mean the coaches and players had anything to do with it. The NFL don’t want to take this to the next level because it may make them out of a lie so they don’t want to find the truth. This whole mess is hog wash because both sides has something to lose never has to worry about the NFL losing because they are the mob. Anytime a public offender can’t get any head ways to the truth its time to move to higher ground these lawyers knows who they fighting against people’s in high places with much money. I know the players want a fair shot in they appeals but it not going to happen so just feed the NFL out of a long handle spoon with a long rope they will hang themselves.

  13. statton0104 says: Jun 24, 2012 6:51 PM

    boutygate is a witch hunt put on by the NFL to try and gain some credibility in the class-action concussion lawsuit brought on by the staggering amount of former players. these guys did nothing that every other team wasn’t also doing in some way shape or form. it makes no sense that someone as actively involved with the NFLPA as scott would go out of his way to encourage injuring the players he has worked so hard to help. if anything the case here is as he said “pay for performance” which would be against the rules and would need to be addressed but dont call this something it isnt.

  14. craigmaitland says: Jun 24, 2012 6:52 PM

    Quit the poor me act.. There isn’t a question that there was a bounty program. The issue was the saints players and coaches lying about it. Fujita looks like a bigger jackass every time he speaks.

  15. panther17 says: Jun 24, 2012 6:55 PM

    Fujita has so much respect for his fellow players health and safety, he takes a cheap shot at Steve Smith’s knees.

  16. chiktikka says: Jun 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    All the evidence needed is obtained by searching for for Fujita and Steve Smith on Youtube.

  17. samapoc says: Jun 24, 2012 7:08 PM

    If bounty gate is supposed to buy the nfl credibility to help them reduce lawsuits, it’s not doing a good job.

  18. chatham10 says: Jun 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    The players are all hitting the press row and talking about how bad the NFL is in telling the truth, hiding information etc., these men, if they dislike the NFL that much, they are not forced to play in the NFL, they can take their college degree and head out into the real world and outside of fame and fortune they will have the same gripes when and if they find work and most important they really have a degree or skill set that some business would love to employ. Good Luck guys.

  19. letmesetyoustraight says: Jun 24, 2012 7:24 PM

    =====
    gingerkid2000 says: Jun 24, 2012 5:59 PM

    I’m seriously wondering if these guys know that the NFL is obligated to not reveal who the whistleblowers are.
    =====

    Yet the disgruntled defensive assistant Mike Cerullo’s name did get out. This is the same assistant that that, after he was terminated by the Saints after the 2009 season, lost his cool in the Saints facility and had to be escorted out. The police were also called as they feared he had a gun.

  20. jason1980 says: Jun 24, 2012 7:39 PM

    Way to go Mike Smith, there’s no way all of the comments would be pro NFL. That’s the problem with this “bounty” situation, you alleged sports writers are bought and paid for by the NFL. Just try to be objective with your comment selection. I expect my comment to be censored, but that’s what happens when you are owned. Where’s Florio, that’s objective journalism?

  21. daknight93 says: Jun 24, 2012 8:09 PM

    Goodell will not change his ruling and it makes no sense for him to keep dragging this drama out…upheld the ruling so we can please move on..geez

  22. yankeemofo says: Jun 24, 2012 8:26 PM

    Welcome to the world of Unions vs. Corporations. The little guys(employees) always get caught in the middle and run roughshod over. I did it for years with UPS and finally had to get out for the sake of my sanity.

  23. acetw says: Jun 24, 2012 8:29 PM

    @jpmelon – “If you lie or break the rules, NEVER change your story.” I bet the nfl wishes they could follow that….

  24. kamakiriad says: Jun 24, 2012 9:02 PM

    Funny how everyone is missing the fact that the league’s accusations are falling apart. The “strong evidence” appears to be not so strong. Fujita has admitted to a pool for performance. He never admitted to an injury incentive. The league has shown a ledger but has not shown how that was for bounties and not for defensive performance. They just have names and numbers.

    Now we find out Anthony Hargrove was likely NOT the guy saying “give me my money” but instead it was Ayodel who may have been referring to the playoff win bonus.

    We have also not seen one bit of evidence yet showing Vilma paid ANYTHING. They have one witness saying he promised $10k, but no one is allowed to question that witness is or clarify their testimony.

    At the end of the day all they have is a confession from a guy they said they told they would end his career unless he agreed to and signed everything they put in front of him (Willams).

    I THOUGHT this was solid evidence, but now I am beginning to wonder. The league started strong and said “Trust us, we totally have the evidence.” So we are already seeing a betrayal of that trust. I hope at the end of the day we don’t discover this was an overblown crackdown just so they could APPEAR to be worried about injuries to avoid litigation. So far it is really starting to look like that, especially when you compare the punishments of those in videogate to the ones handed to the Saints.

  25. sb44wrldchmpions says: Jun 24, 2012 9:57 PM

    The NFLPA is defending them simply because they don’t have proof. It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove. Everyone one “KNEW” Roger Clemons did HGH.

  26. panther17 says: Jun 24, 2012 10:19 PM

    I have no problem admitting the NFL is messing up with the “evidence” and pay to injure program along with the players singled out. I feel bad for Vilma, Hargrove, and Smith.

    Fajita on the other hand is dirty. There is video evidence of him targeting another players knees. There is video evidence of him taking a dirty hit. It wasn’t during the bountygate timeline and I don’t care. He’s dirty.

  27. panther17 says: Jun 24, 2012 10:29 PM

    Scott Fujita, “I see mention of a video on youtube called, “Fujita cheap shot Steve Smith”. This video is a lie. Another smear campaign by the NFL. The thing is. The NFL messed up. It isn’t me on the video. That’s right. In their hast to chastise me, the showed the clip of someone else wearing my jersey while I went to the bathroom. It wasn’t me.”

  28. panther17 says: Jun 24, 2012 10:31 PM

    Scott Fujita, “Besides. Clearly the guy in the video who isn’t me slipped and fell forward in a diving motion straight into Smith’s knee. An unfortunate accident.”

  29. panther17 says: Jun 24, 2012 10:32 PM

    Scott Fujita, “Player’s safety is my utmost concern.”

  30. steviaquinn says: Jun 24, 2012 10:39 PM

    He might want to get with Duece Mcalister. Apparently the bounty program is normal. Thats the problem with a lie ,it just keeps snowballing. Fujita is a disgrace to the NFL, a liar, a scumbag and a weasel. See Mike ornestein.

  31. steviaquinn says: Jun 24, 2012 10:43 PM

    “I’m not saying the NFL is intentionally lying,” Fujita said. “I’ve been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they may have just been working with the information they’ve been given, even though much of that information was inaccurate and lacked credibility. It’s their cavalier interpretation of everything that’s been way off. They clearly proceeded with a public smear campaign with very little regard for the truth.”

    Scott- they asked you for the truth and you decided to cover it up, like the rest of your teammates, hence to suspension.

    Man up, shut you pie hole and take your punishment

  32. gasolinejt says: Jun 24, 2012 11:09 PM

    The NFL thinks Scott Fujita is a new menu item at Taco Bell.

  33. jfinn5 says: Jun 24, 2012 11:22 PM

    Way to go Fujita! Challenge this piece of crap of a commish, who makes his money off the backs of the hard working players in the NFL.

  34. packhawk04 says: Jun 24, 2012 11:24 PM

    “Funny how everyone misses the fact that the nfls case is falling apart.”

    Funny how people ignore the fact that the saints admitted the bounties.

  35. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 24, 2012 11:43 PM

    Defense rule number one:

    Blame your accusers.

  36. urbusted2 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:05 AM

    chiktikka says:Jun 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    All the evidence needed is obtained by searching for for Fujita and Steve Smith on Youtube.

    Would you want to be convicted that way? What ever happened to due process? ESPN is trying this case. They rule the sports world. That should change.

  37. whodatgirl1 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:19 AM

    I think ti’s hilarious that people are refering to a hit to Steve Smith is proof of a bounty program.

    I hope any of you are never on a Jury–you surely need little to convict.

    You people are doing exactly what this article is talking about. And how you have told Saints fans :

    “You are too blind to the truth.”

    The NFL has used the media to convict, to get everyone on their side. SENSATIONALISM at its very best.

  38. marat28051988 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:38 AM

    Saints are innocent and all this perfectly understand. fans of panthers, falcons and bucs only also need what to demand proofs

  39. mornelithe says: Jun 25, 2012 1:02 AM

    @Urbusted2:

    “Would you want to be convicted that way? What ever happened to due process? ESPN is trying this case. They rule the sports world. That should change.”

    ————————————————

    No one is being convicted of anything, this is a business reprimanding an employee. Due process does not apply, as, again, this is not a case of civil authorities filing suit against another individual.

  40. bigdevil830 says: Jun 25, 2012 1:13 AM

    The more this clown talks the deeper the hole he’s digging for himself. Someone around him should seriously sit him down and tell him to shut up.

  41. darkangel400 says: Jun 25, 2012 11:37 AM

    People are always quick to tell people to shut up an take there punishment,an quick to convict someone of what they are being accused of. One we don’t know who is lying in this are telling the truth so think about this if you was being accused of something that you feel you didn’t do are say for that matter wouldn’t you defend your self, with ever breath of your soul,to prove your innocent are prove to me are her that I did it,an sense you say I did it show me the proof,an show me I’m guilty,instead of saying trust me everyone he are she is guilty. So if anyone who don’t defend themselves,he are she is weak in what they be leave in..so defend yourself Fujita,Smith,Vilma an who ever else who feel that there are innocent of wrong doing, think about it.

  42. acetw says: Jun 25, 2012 1:46 PM

    packhawk04 says: Jun 24, 2012 11:24 PM

    “Funny how everyone misses the fact that the nfls case is falling apart.”

    Funny how people ignore the fact that the saints admitted the bountie

    ===========================

    You can’t ignore a fact that isn’t a fact. Nobody from the Saints has admitted to bounties.

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