Scott Fujita accuses Goodell of abuse of power
A day after the NFL Commissioner reduced Scott Fujita's suspension in the Saints bounty scandal to one game from three, the ex-Saints player blasted Roger Goodell for abusing his authority.
The 33-year-old Fujita said in a written statement that he was pleased that the commissioner acknowledged that he did not participate in any pay-for-hits program, but he was displeased with the tone of a letter he received from Goodell.
In the letter, the commissioner said he was "surprised and disappointed by the fact that you, a former defensive captain and a passionate advocate for player safety, ignored such a program and permitted it to continue. If you had spoken up, perhaps other players would have refused to participate and the consequences with which we are now dealing could have been avoided."
Fujita said the "condescending tone" of the letter was neither "accurate nor productive."
He added, "This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a dangerous 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 spent four seasons with the Saints before signing with Cleveland in 2010.