Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Fujita won't say whether he'll sue NFL
By Jamison Hensley
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita vowed to clear his name from the Saints' bounty scandal, but he won't say to what extent he'll go to do so.
I believe Fujita when he says he is more concerned about this black mark on his name. A three-game suspension doesn't affect a 10-year veteran as much as what an incident like this can do to his reputation.
Fujita is a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee. He was a proponent of stronger rules in dealing with concussions after Colt McCoy's incident last year. This suspension makes him look like a hypocrite.
The strongest course of action is to follow former teammate Jonathan Vilma, who has sued NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation. Fujita wouldn't say whether he plans to do this.
“Jonathan Vilma is incredibly bright,” Fujita told reporters after the Browns' first full-team workout Tuesday. “He’s a man of very high character, and he’s got a lot of pride. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. I’m proud to call him a friend. I wish him the best in whatever he wants to do.”
The NFL charged Fujita with pledging “a significant amount of money” which was used for cart-offs and knockouts on plays “during which an opposing player was injured.” He was suspended for three games, which will cost him cost him about $645,000 and much more.
“Listen, my reputation is a lot more valuable to me than three game checks,” Fujita said. “My track record speaks for itself.”