Friday, September 28, 2012
Scott Fujita meets with commish
ESPN.com news services
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for about one hour Friday about his suspension in the Saints' bounty case that was temporarily lifted earlier this month.
Former Saints teammates expected Fujita to reinforce their testimony and deny the existence of a pay-for-pain bounty program, sources told ESPN's Ed Werder.
Fujita was the last player to meet with Goodell after the appeals panel decided to lift the suspensions of the four players punished in the bounty scandal. Fujita has maintained his innocence since the scandal surfaced in March.
Fujita, banned for three games, originally had planned to speak with Goodell via a video conference from a Cleveland law office earlier this month, but the league called it off because it wanted a face-to-face meeting. Friday's meeting came after Fujita played for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in Baltimore against the Ravens.
Goodell is expected to announce by Monday or Tuesday what punishment -- if any -- should be imposed on Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Fujita, according to two sources.
The players were unanimously reinstated Sept. 7 by an appeals panel that required Goodell to explain and reconsider the suspensions, including Vilma's yearlong ban.
If Goodell imposes suspensions again, a source said it's his understanding they will not take effect until the players have exhausted their rights to appeals, though nobody is certain who is responsible for hearing the initial appeal.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.