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Fujita: Goodell’s the one committing conduct detrimental to the NFL

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A reduction of his suspension from three games to one game has not made Browns linebacker Scott Fujita any happier with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In reducing Fujita’s suspension, Goodell reiterated that he believes Fujita committed conduct detrimental to the league by failing to do anything to stop the bounty program while playing for the Saints. But in a statement released today, Fujita said it’s Goodell who has hurt the NFL with his actions.

“The Commissioner says he is disappointed in me,” Fujita wrote in his statement. “The truth is, I’m disappointed in him. His positions on player health and safety since a 2009 congressional hearing on concussions have been inconsistent at best. He failed to acknowledge a link between concussions & post-career brain disease, pushed for an 18-game regular season, committed to a full season of Thursday night games, has continually challenged players’ rights to file workers compensation claims for on-the-job injuries, and he employed incompetent replacement officials for the start of the 2012 season. His actions or lack thereof are by the league’s own definition, ‘conduct detrimental’.”

Fujita also said he doesn’t believe Goodell cares about the players’ health as much as he cares about the NFL’s bottom line, noting, “For me, the issue of player health & safety is personal. For the league and the Commissioner, it’s about perception & liability.”

The league’s statement about the bounty case, and the reduction of Fujita’s suspension, suggests that the NFL doesn’t think it has strong evidence that Fujita was an active participant in the bounty program. But the NFL does say that Fujita went along with it — which Fujita says is a phony reason to suspend him.

“I’m pleased the Commissioner has finally acknowledged that I never participated in any so-called ‘bounty’ program, as I’ve said for the past 7 months,” Fujita said. “However, his condescending tone was neither accurate nor productive. Additionally, I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language. This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a bad precedent when players can be disciplined for not challenging the behavior of their superiors. This is an absolute abuse of the power that’s been afforded to the Commissioner.”

Fujita still believes he should be recognized as a leading advocate for player safety.

“My track record on the issue of player health & safety speaks for itself,” Fujita wrote. “And clearly, as I just listed, the Commissioner’s does too.”

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  1. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 10, 2012 12:48 PM

    I don’t know if Fugita personally wrote that first paragraph in quotes. But if he did, he smashed the commissioner. My complements

  2. pawpaw46 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:50 PM

    Fujita should be named commisioner when he retires….he’s clearly smarter and cares more about player safety than goofydell…

  3. bathroomben7 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:50 PM

    Fujita is only running his mouth cuz he’s knows its the only way anyone will know who he is.

  4. h3min1230 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:50 PM

    Gettem Fajita!!

  5. 49erstim says: Oct 10, 2012 12:51 PM

    For the love of…… Look. Here is a hard truth everybody. Ready? Your company, with all their safety regulations, could not care less about you! Oh they post materials and preach about safety, but in the end it is all about money and accountability…..now I know that isn’t news to you fair reader, but Scotty is oblivious. Poor Scotty..poor dumb Scotty.

  6. neilanblomi says: Oct 10, 2012 12:51 PM

    Fujita just owned Lord Roger.

  7. wte1 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:51 PM

    Nice!! Well written Scott!!

  8. miles58a says: Oct 10, 2012 12:53 PM

    Now, don’t y’all Goodell suporters think that if they were guilty that Fujita would just take his one game and run. Only an innocent person would still be fighting it.

  9. suhnum1fan says: Oct 10, 2012 12:53 PM

    Personally, I think Goodell is doing a fabulous job

  10. dannyglover21 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:54 PM

    Powerful, Scott Fujita.

  11. kjb7140 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:54 PM

    Hey Scott I agree with you but you and your teams play = conduct detrimentalto the NFL

  12. bigdaddydooko says: Oct 10, 2012 12:55 PM

    Agreed.

  13. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:56 PM

    This is the new version of “As The World Turns”

    Seriously sick of this soap opera. PLEASE make it go away.

  14. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 10, 2012 12:56 PM

    Right between the eyes. Point goes to Fujita.

  15. mazblast says: Oct 10, 2012 12:57 PM

    Be careful, Scott. Goodell will now claim to have grounds to suspend you again for “not playing nice in the sandbox”.

  16. dkuether017 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:58 PM

    You’re both causing detrimental damage to the league by continuing to go on and on and on about this stupid topic. Both of you just shut up and call it a day. NEXT TOPIC.

  17. bangitfootball says: Oct 10, 2012 12:58 PM

    Me thinks Fujita better adjust his meds or quit the steroids his ego is getting ridiculously out of control.

  18. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 10, 2012 12:59 PM

    Man, I’m a packer fan, and between their whining and the whining of these losers who should just shut up and take their rightful punishment, I’m beginning to think they should change it from NFL to national little baby league.

  19. wildbillesq says: Oct 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    Strong words, but likely accurate words. For better or worse, Fujita has shown some serious brass by challenging Goodell. I hope old Roger has more altruistic reasons than the bottom line…

  20. scytherius says: Oct 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    Couldn’t agree more.

  21. bgsusteelers says: Oct 10, 2012 1:02 PM

    I already disliked Goodell as a commissioner. Now I’m starting to dislike him as a person.

  22. titogetmesometissue says: Oct 10, 2012 1:03 PM

    Okay, so you’re saying you’re not a big fan…

  23. freedomispopular says: Oct 10, 2012 1:03 PM

    Right on the money.

  24. thejuddstir says: Oct 10, 2012 1:03 PM

    Gotta love these “statements” by Fujita and Vilma etc., I’m surprised they can even read the statements that their high-priced lawyers wrote for them. Fujita, Vilma etc. have cried “wolf” enough times in hopes that public opinion may be swayed but they don’t understand that no one outside of Nawlins doesn’t believe a word of their b.s. and have actually tired of even hearing them in the news.

  25. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:03 PM

    VERY well said Scott!

  26. footballfan58 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:03 PM

    Go away!!!!!

  27. succulentnipples says: Oct 10, 2012 1:04 PM

    Fujita will have the quesadilla.

  28. riggz91 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:05 PM

    Good for him I’m sick of Goodell.

  29. dcowboy77 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    Someone tell fujita it isnt a full season of thursday games.

    There are no thursday games weeks 16 & 17.

  30. mavajo says: Oct 10, 2012 1:07 PM

    I’m not a Goodell hater, but I can’t really disagree with Fujita’s position here. Goodell is wanting to have it both ways here.

  31. brenenostler says: Oct 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    He just goes on listing things he doesn’t like that Goodell has done. As if there aren’t any good things he’s done.

  32. denverbronconj says: Oct 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    It’s sad that these players are anything but millionaire gladiators who deny everything until they are caught red handed. Fujita may believe in player safety but his actions to go along with the bounty program speakers volume of his character and dishonesty.

    Fujita must not own a business cuz if he did, he would know that it’s all about the bottom line and liability. Look at the ex players who don’t exhibit any concussion symptoms but have joined the band wagon of suing the league, just to get more money. Pathetic.

  33. sledgehorn says: Oct 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    I hate to nit-pick a solid argument, but how is a full season of Thursday night games detrimental to the players health?

  34. uwsptke says: Oct 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    So if he is being punished for “going along” with the bounty program, why wasn’t every player on the 2009 roster suspended? That doesn’t make any sense, and I don’t even care about this story.

  35. bobbob1eye says: Oct 10, 2012 1:10 PM

    Fujita is 100% right.

  36. irishjugalo says: Oct 10, 2012 1:10 PM

    These statements came through a publicist, right? Otherwise Fujita may be the most articulate, well-spoken NFL player that ever was.

  37. sjhaack says: Oct 10, 2012 1:10 PM

    Damn right, Scott.

  38. mjfan4life23 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:13 PM

    Fujita has quite a few good points.

  39. rolltide510 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:13 PM

    Fujita might have a point, but of all the people suspended he comes off as the most smug and unlikable. I don’t feel sorry for him at all.

  40. dadofthedecade says: Oct 10, 2012 1:17 PM

    You know, he’s got a point re: Goodell. Not sure it squares with the bounty program in New Orleans – and if player safety was as big a deal to him has he claims, he would have spoken up, too.

    However, Goodell’s actions have not been consistent with his words. An 18 game season and regular Thursday night games are entirely at odds with player safety concerns.

    If nothing else comes out of this whole fiasco (save for the necessary and well-deserved banishment of Greg Williams), perhaps this will force the leage to put its money where its mouth is vis a vis player safety.

  41. johnnyhambone says: Oct 10, 2012 1:18 PM

    for the best interest of the nfl, roger goodell needs to announce his resignation as nfl commissioner effective immediately. His tenure as commissioner has been an embarrassment and a disgrace.

  42. metalman5150 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:18 PM

    Bravo, Scott.

  43. slopmcflop says: Oct 10, 2012 1:19 PM

    To sum it up, when Goodell informed Fujita of his suspension, Fujita replied, “nuh unh, you’re the one suspended, Mr. Poopy-pants.”

  44. pobreezy says: Oct 10, 2012 1:20 PM

    Fujita is a class act. always has been. he isn’t lying about being very vocal about player safety and how goodell has not. fellow players have been clear about how much respect they have for Fujita.
    It is amazing how Goodell has twisted this in so many ways to make a person guilty of anything he’d like in spite of evidence.
    I think this is the kind of bias, questionable behavior from the head office that the saints players, staff and fans have been screaming about this whole time.
    Free Payton.

  45. scrummymustard says: Oct 10, 2012 1:22 PM

    His highness is not going to like that.

  46. CKL says: Oct 10, 2012 1:23 PM

    Whether one agrees with Fujita or not, he’s a very intelligent person and because of that he may do more to counter what Goodell’s done on this score than any of the other players.

  47. clownsfan says: Oct 10, 2012 1:23 PM

    BOOM. Roasted. Suck on that Commissioner!

  48. reesesteel23 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:25 PM

    Stop trying to flip the script fajita….

  49. jjb0811 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:27 PM

    Surprised Goodell didn’t burn the bounty evidence. He didn’t seem to have a problem doing that after the Pats won 3 super bowls cheating.

  50. papasbasement says: Oct 10, 2012 1:29 PM

    What a brilliant retort. On part with “Your… Your brain has the shell on it.”

  51. judsonjr says: Oct 10, 2012 1:29 PM

    In honor of Scott Fajita, I will have a carnitas fajita for lunch.

  52. blizzard01 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:31 PM

    Yeah! Goodell’s not the boss of me!

    (Even though everyone knows he is- even you Scott. C’mon admit- he’s the boss of you. Don’t fight it. C’mon…. There. That wasn’t so hard was it?)

  53. prosb4hos says: Oct 10, 2012 1:32 PM

    @sledgehorn Obviously you don’t realize the difference in 7 days recovery time versus 4, especially early in the season when players are still getting into Football shape.

  54. theenutty says: Oct 10, 2012 1:33 PM

    Well if coaches and players get fined for criticizing the officiating, it will interesting to see how Goodell reacts to a player openly questioning his credibility as commish.

    On a side note, does anyone really like Goodell? I don’t remember this much hostility from anyone towards Paul Tagliabue.

  55. r8rsfan says: Oct 10, 2012 1:34 PM

    rolltide510 says:
    Oct 10, 2012 1:13 PM
    Fujita might have a point, but of all the people suspended he comes off as the most smug and unlikable. I don’t feel sorry for him at all.
    ———–
    If this were a popularity contest your comment might mean something. Let’s let him miss a game without pay because his personality isn’t agreeable to you. That’s the kind of judgmental mentality that has created this mess. As more information slowly trickles out Goodell looks more desperate and vindictive.

  56. imback03 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:36 PM

    I’ll keep it simple Goodell needs to go now.

  57. dvdman123 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:44 PM

    Folks just ask yourself did we have all these problem with the prior two commissioners? You know the answer to that. Goodell has to go, he has burned way too many bridges to have any credibility with anyone in the NFL now.

  58. psousa1 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:48 PM

    Only a matter of minutes before Drew Brees starts his whining and crying on twitter……………………………..

  59. melvin75 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    I’m not a Goodell hater, but he should not be the guy to hear any appeals.

  60. phillyphever says: Oct 10, 2012 1:50 PM

    Hey Fujita, it’s players like you that’s ruinning the game. Shut up, take your punishment like a real man would and stay out of it. Personally, I would like it if someone put a bounty on your head, just to see what you think about it.

  61. godofwine330 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:51 PM

    Somewhere, Michael Kelso is saying, “BURN!!!”

    Fujita is exactly right.

  62. really2011 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:53 PM

    thejuddstir says:
    Oct 10, 2012 1:03 PM
    … no one outside of Nawlins doesn’t believe a word of their b.s. and have actually tired of even hearing them in the news.

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

    Check the tag names in the blogs – pretty sure that the people commenting pro player live some other places as well. But hey keep saying it – it may become true if you repeat it over and over, worked for Rog.

    On a different note, as a Saints fan, it is clear to me that something happened and there should be penalties. I personally believe the punishment is too severe (Vilma and Smith are done anyway so on the field help isn’t the basis of my thought). I am having a ton of trouble finding the difference between verbiage such as John Deere Tractor vs. Gator Truck vs. Hot Sauce vs. Hit the concussed guy, etc. All or most of these have occurred since this fiasco began. If Tenn/NYJ, etc are willing to say these things publicly in the midst of this fiasco then God knows what was being said in the meeting rooms across the 32 cities that house NFL franchises. I am also struggling with the fact that the commissioner totally trust the credibility of a guy that has continued to “lie” even after he left the team.

    But in the grand scheme of things let’s play ball. Anyone have a good pass rusher that they are willing to trade?

  63. randyschwimmer7 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:55 PM

    That was a great letter by his attorney.

  64. datathoughts says: Oct 10, 2012 1:58 PM

    Anyone that disagrees with what Fujita is saying here please back it up with some facts. There has been zero proof that he was involved in any aspect of the so called bounties and he is claimed his innocence from the start. You people that just want him to go away or shut up don’t understand what you are talking about so you are the ones that should remain silent. Understand the facts and then add something of value to the conversation

  65. geauxjay says: Oct 10, 2012 1:59 PM

    Since someone asked, the problem with the Thursday night schedule is that Goodell is forcing two teams to play 4 games in 17 games.

    That can’t POSSIBLY be good for a player’s health.

    But it does make the league lots of extra money.

  66. jeffwberan says: Oct 10, 2012 1:59 PM

    Pretty much all of those things that Fujita said about Goodell are true…but the fact of the matter is that none of that changes the reality that he is guilty as charged in the bounty scandal. Like others have said, he should accept his punishment like a man and let the NFL players who actually have some credibility go after Goodell for those things. Coming from him, they hold no weight as true as they may be.

  67. keeppounding says: Oct 10, 2012 2:01 PM

    Roger takes all the heat. Roger works for the nfl not the nflpa not the nflra. Every single thing he does is exactly what the 32 nfl owners want. Instead of blaming roger why don’t we look at the source behind the puppet. The nfl owners are doing all of this stuff. All of it. Roger is paid to be this ‘bad’ guy. It’s no different then if an attorney is assigned to a murderer as a public defender. It’s his job to defend the client tooth and nail or he could be disbarred. ( ie Jerry sanduskys attorney, more sleaze for taking it but still had to do his job (no shame) )

    Conduct detrimental falls solely on the owners. The last two years seems like a scripted reality show rather than a pro sport.

  68. eaglesooneru2 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:07 PM

    It is a huge issue to play on 4 days rest instead of seven. Frankly as enjoyable as having a game to look forward to during the week is, I miss having all games on Sunday and Monday with Saturday games after CFB season ends in December. Also , when Goodell kept saying a year or two ago that he’d listened to the fans and the fans said they wanted less preseason and more regular season he was half true. None of my many die hard nfl fan friends want to have more than 16 games and most of us feel the 16 game season is a bit of a marathon as it is. One less preseason game would be nice. Goodell is a joke of a commissioner. I run my fantasy league w more integrity and honesty than he does.

  69. geniusfan says: Oct 10, 2012 2:10 PM

    The players should have collectively bargained against Roger Goodell’s power. They had their chance and chose money over power.

    I’m sick of the whining about the commissioner having too much on player suspensions the players had their chance and blew it.

  70. commonsensedude says: Oct 10, 2012 2:14 PM

    Excellent response by Fujita! He speaks for me as well. Goodell is a complete hypocrite.

    Goodell is the one who is going to get the booing of the century the next time he steps foot in front of NFL fans. And he thought he got treated rudely at LAST year’s draft. Can you imagine how he’s going to get treated by fans when he steps out to present the Lombardi trophy? Goodell’s reputation is ruined with many fans as well as with many players. He’s going to be embarrassed at every public venue at which fans are present for at least many years to come based on how he’s acted over the past two years.

  71. cliffordc05 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:21 PM

    If Fujita is being punished for going along with the bounty program but not participating; then every member of the Saints defense deserves similar punishment. If there is no evidence that Fujita participated then he should not be punished. The commissioner is not being consistent and his actions are adding to this muddled mess.

  72. vegasvinnie says: Oct 10, 2012 2:33 PM

    phillyphever says:
    Oct 10, 2012 1:50 PM
    Hey Fujita, it’s players like you that’s ruinning the game. Shut up, take your punishment like a real man would and stay out of it. Personally, I would like it if someone put a bounty on your head, just to see what you think about it.

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

    A real man fights for his innocence and reputation.

    Why doesn’t it surprise me that you wouldn’t know how a real man behaves?

  73. source7769 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:36 PM

    when are you people going to realize goodell is paid by the owners and he does what they want, the bottom line affects the owners not goodell he gets his money either way if the owners said let it go then he wouldnt have went back after the players for the suspensions

  74. jboyrocks says: Oct 10, 2012 2:38 PM

    “I’m Scott Fujita and I approve this message”

  75. mwatts1 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:39 PM

    You do the crime you do the time. PERIOD! Stop crying and do you time like a man….

  76. whoisgonnasing says: Oct 10, 2012 2:39 PM

    Best press release by NFL player. Ever.

    Worst NFL Commission. Ever.

  77. justwinsomeday says: Oct 10, 2012 2:42 PM

    I’m voting for Fujita in November…..finally someone who’s articulate, has common sense, and owns a set.

    For the dude asking about the impact of Thursday night games — I only played small college ball and I know I was sore for days after a game. I can only imagine how long it takes for guys playing at the speed and intensity of the NFL to recover. Having only 3 days, has to increase the chance of injury.

  78. jibberator says: Oct 10, 2012 2:53 PM

    “Fujita also said he doesn’t believe Goodell cares about the players’ health as much as he cares about the NFL’s bottom line.”

    What were you expecting? Is his job to babysit and look out for the best interests of the players? No, of course it isn’t. His job is to make the NFL money and make their product shine. You players have your union to look out for you guys.

  79. richc111 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:55 PM

    You know we will never know even 90% of everything involved in this situation. I find it interesting that most people side with the players. Why. There was a child molester sentenced yesterday that still claims he is innocence yet I bet no one believes he is innocent. I will be the first to admit and maybe the only one to admit that I have no idea what happened but I am sure the every bodies villain would not be doing this if he didn’t know something happened. So go ahead and pick sides. At least I admit I have no clue and don’t pick side based on my lack of knowledge. Compared to those out there that pick a side I guess based on their lack of knowledge.

  80. pastabelly says: Oct 10, 2012 3:08 PM

    If he participated in the bounty system, he should be suspended period. This is a bit about blaming the messenger and not accepting the consequences for his own actions. RD makes mistakes. But this is about Fujita and not Goodell.

  81. 2manyconcussions says: Oct 10, 2012 3:12 PM

    His words are just dust in the wind. At the end of the day, Fujita is still suspended and Goodell is still the Commissioner. He needs to talk to his own players association about why they agreed to Thursday night games and an 18 game schedule.

  82. killxswitch says: Oct 10, 2012 3:17 PM

    mwatts1 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:39 PM

    You do the crime you do the time. PERIOD! Stop crying and do you time like a man….
    —————–

    You can apparently type but do you know how to read? Fujita didn’t “do the crime”.

    This is the problem with the internet. It gives a voice to people who should just shut up.

  83. vegasvinnie says: Oct 10, 2012 3:20 PM

    2manyconcussions says:
    Oct 10, 2012 3:12 PM
    His words are just dust in the wind. At the end of the day, Fujita is still suspended and Goodell is still the Commissioner. He needs to talk to his own players association about why they agreed to Thursday night games and an 18 game schedule.

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

    They didn’t agree to an 18 game schedule. The main reason that they caved to these ridiculous concessions was to avoid that.

    While I agree that they conceded way too much power to RG, it doesn’t give the commissioner the right to violate the agreement, which it’s been proven that he has.

  84. vngnce says: Oct 10, 2012 3:21 PM

    This is the same player who said over the summer “They can’t prove anything”, which is considerably different that “I’m innocent”.

    If the Saints truly did not commit any of the bounty allegations, they would be the first team in history.

    Very tired of players complaing about the contract they signed. If you voted to ratify, you cede your right to complain, or at least your credibility if you do.

  85. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    Boom!

  86. daveman8403 says: Oct 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    @vngnce

    please show me where fajita said this. this is an outright lie and he never said anything close to that. Also, he is only suspended for 1 game. if he was really guilty, do you think he would still fight this tooth and nail? A guilty person would take the 1 game suspension and be done with it.

  87. bigbadal21 says: Oct 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    Wasn’t Fujita a defensive captain when in New Orleans. Would not that put him in a more responsible position for the acts of the defense?

  88. hor2012 says: Oct 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    Alright, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Now, let me say first that I am a person of color. So, it does seem like the white guy got off pretty easy. Now, that my attempt at humor is over let’s deal with the real issue here. If you punished Scott for not stoping the program then you’d better punish every defensive player on the team during that time period. Another issue I have with this it why suspend the man at all. If he wasn’t actually doing anything then it’s wrong to punish him at all

  89. rcali says: Oct 10, 2012 3:54 PM

    These Thursday night games have been terrible. He’s got that right.

  90. suhisabeast90 says: Oct 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    I hope he gets the 2 games added back on. He is like a child who complains even when he gets his way. Shut up and take your punishment. I would like to see anywhere else, where you can all out insult your Boss in the media and get away with it. All you people making excuses for them, should try this crap at your job. I’m in the UAW which is waaay bigger then his union. If I said any of that crap, security would pack my stuff up so fast and escort my butt of the property. Shameful, greedy millionaires.

  91. fmwarner says: Oct 10, 2012 3:57 PM

    Chris Kluwe has some competition for Awesome Outspoken NFL Player.

  92. suhisabeast90 says: Oct 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    richc111 says:
    Oct 10, 2012 2:55 PM
    You know we will never know even 90% of everything involved in this situation. I find it interesting that most people side with the players. Why. There was a child molester sentenced yesterday that still claims he is innocence yet I bet no one believes he is innocent. I will be the first to admit and maybe the only one to admit that I have no idea what happened but I am sure the every bodies villain would not be doing this if he didn’t know something happened. So go ahead and pick sides. At least I admit I have no clue and don’t pick side based on my lack of knowledge. Compared to those out there that pick a side I guess based on their lack of knowledge.
    ————————————————–
    That is an awful lot of typing to say absolutely nothing!

  93. nofunleague says: Oct 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    These comments about GODell come as no surprise to me. there isn’t a major company out there that cares about anything but the bottom line. Don’t do the wrong thing, don’t say the wrong thing, don’t act the wrong way. Don’t do anything at all that may draw negative attention to the company and either chase away customers, or shareholders. Don’t do anything that may cause you issue, so that you could sue the company. Thank you for everything you do everyday to make our company great. Now here is your 2% raise….while the CEO’s take home millions is bonuses. It’s all money folks, nothing but money.

  94. nispikers says: Oct 10, 2012 5:00 PM

    I still have a problem with the evidence.
    This “ledger” that was produced after the appeals hearing where this federal prosecutor stated that she stood behind all of the evidence is somewhat a problem here. Listed on that “ledger” were the names of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Joe Vitt. There were monetary amounts listed next to their names. This would suggest that the people listed funded the “pool” with this amount of money. Yet as soon as this was publised, Joe Vitt vehemently denied contributing a cent. Scott Fujita has said all along that he did not contribute. Roger Goodell immediately said that the ledger was not used to punish Joe Vitt because the information could not be substantiated. So that means that on this ledger that a anonymous source gave to the NFL, there were two very concrete incidences that the ledger was inaccurate, because Roger Goodell has since determined that Fujita did not contribute to the pool.
    This evidence has become another one of the very problems of the evidence that Goodell has used to punish these players. If two amounts are inaccurate or cannot be verified, how can the rest of the “ledger” be used to determine punishment?
    PS. Fujita you rock!

  95. duece5 says: Oct 10, 2012 5:38 PM

    Yep, your coach admits to it…..Payton, is serving his suspension, his ex DC is banned for life……both not fighting it……yep,
    nothing to see here!
    Fujita and Brees play a semantics game…..play with words.

    IF YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE GUILTLESS, WHY THE COACHES ADMISSION?

    Goodell doing a great job keeping jokers like Fujita in line.

  96. hallcyon says: Oct 10, 2012 5:50 PM

    I agree with Fujita as of this posting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t been in favor of having a neurologist present at NFL games. When a player is injured, an assistant trainer is required to check the player for any neurological complications. This is a procedure put forth by the league under Goodell despite such assistant trainers being unqualified and without any training in neurology to perform such tasks. That the NFL will not even permit a neurologist to be standing by at games – at minimal expense, shows the level of incompetence.

  97. sampulls says: Oct 10, 2012 6:37 PM

    Hey Fuji….go away!!!

  98. koenig61 says: Oct 10, 2012 7:05 PM

    Fans amaze me. When the players were locked out, fans screamed hurry up and get back to playing football, just sign the damn contracts.

    Then when players came back and they complained about Goodell having all of the power when it comes to appeals, fans scream” Hey you signed the damn contracts, it’s your own fault”

    Then fans scream, I want my old time football back. I want bone crushing hits. Then when one of their players is injured or hurt from a hit, they scream, (insert team you hate most) is dirty.

    The NFL locked out the refs, and fans screamed, “Keep them out, they don’t deserve that kind of money” Then after a few bad games from replacement refs, fans screamed “We want the regular refs back.!!”

    Now fans are yelling that the replacement refs were better, because they allowed players to hit.

    Harrison is Dirty, Lewis is Dirty, Vilma is Dirty, all of these players are dirty, because they don’t play on your team. But eventually when your star defender gets that late hit or H2H penalty, you will be screaming that Goodell has too much power, and is fining too much, and is penalizing every hit, without regard to intent.

    When a player is accused of something and doesn’t fight it, people scream, “If he were truly innocent, he wouldn’t have gave in.” But now the Saints players are fighting this to the end, and people are screaming, “Just go away, we are sick of hearing about you.”

    See any sort of pattern here?

  99. silentcount says: Oct 10, 2012 7:18 PM

    Fajita has been challenging Goodell from the start and hasn’t gotten anywhere. But yet, he’s now being suspended for not challenging his coach. Goodell is intentionally injuring players over nothing. The NFL would be better off if he suspended himself.

  100. fantasticfootballguru says: Oct 10, 2012 9:08 PM

    Amen

  101. davelogdotcom says: Oct 11, 2012 12:50 AM

    I want Goodell gone as much as anyone else, but it ain’t gonna happen. Not yet.

    The owners will throw him under the bus when the concussion lawsuits threaten to decimate the league.

    The Saints are Goodell’s sacrifice play. Goodell is the owners’ sacrifice play.

  102. blackcatnfl says: Oct 11, 2012 3:55 AM

    It was only a matter of time before Goodell’s role as judge, jury, and executioner backfired bigtime. This may be that time. I think Scott is right. What the hell is he supposed to do in this situation? This is on the coaches.

  103. govtminion says: Oct 11, 2012 3:34 PM

    “…news at this hour that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended linebacker Scott Fujita an extra four games for “using big words”, and another five games for “hurting my feelings”. We will have more on this story as it unfolds.”

  104. johnsonjjohnson says: Oct 12, 2012 2:51 PM

    I don’t get it, why all the love for a cheater.
    Cheaters love cheaters.
    This guy cheats, runs his mouth and runs down my favorite game. I wish the commish would just ban him indefinitely and lets all move on.
    Its now all about mojito man.

  105. johnsonjjohnson says: Oct 12, 2012 2:57 PM

    I think Smiths article is detrimental game of football. Get rid of mojito and Smith and the world will be right when they both go

  106. deleeryus says: Oct 14, 2012 12:20 AM

    phillyphever says:
    Oct 10, 2012 1:50 PM
    Hey Fujita, it’s players like you that’s ruinning the game. Shut up, take your punishment like a real man would and stay out of it. Personally, I would like it if someone put a bounty on your head, just to see what you think about it.

    —–

    Really?!? I mean really????? Goodell SAID he didn’t have ANYTHING to do w/ the so called bounty program…but needs to be punished for NOT being a whistleblower basically!!! Why should he be punished at all, dude?!? Put a bounty on his head…how about YOU putting functioning brain cells IN your head! Btw…it’s RUINING…not ruinning! Speaking of brain cells you obviously lack…

  107. cow395 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:03 PM

    Goodell cares about the saftey of the players………just look at all the new debilitating penalites and rules hes issued in past few years…….he loves ruining the game….my favorite was the extra 5 yards on kickoff

  108. johnsonjjohnson says: Oct 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    Goodell doesn’t make rule changes. Thats done by the “Competition Committee”
    Quit jumping on the bandwagon until you know the facts

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