Monday, May 7, 2012
Browns' Fujita wants to see the evidence
By Jamison Hensley
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita denied involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal and wants to see the evidence that the NFL is basing his three-game suspension upon. The league disciplined Fujita for his participation in the Saints' bounty system when he played for New Orleans.
Here's Fujita's first public comments about the suspension in an e-mail sent to the Associated Press on Monday:
"I disagree wholeheartedly with the discipline imposed. I've yet to hear the specifics of any allegation against me, nor have I seen any evidence that supports what the NFL alleges. I look forward to the opportunity to confront what evidence they claim to have in the appropriate forum. 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."
This is consistent with Fujita's stance that he paid teammates for making big plays like sacks and interceptions, but not for trying to intentionally injure opponents. In announcing the suspensions last week, the NFL said in a statement that Fujita pledged a significant amount of money to the prohibited bounty pool during the 2009 NFL playoffs that rewarded for "cart-offs" and "knockouts" plays which resulted in injuries to players.
Fujita received the shortest suspension among the four players disciplined and should feel lucky that the NFL Players Association is fighting for him.