NFL News: Browns’ Scott Fujita Appeals 3-Game Suspension

As expected, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has appealed a three-game suspension which had been handed down from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as a punishment for the player’s role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program.

Fujita, along with former teammates Johnathan Vilma, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove, were all given punishments of various lengths roughly one week ago. Via the appeals, the players, their representatives and their union will continue to argue that the decision is not Goodell’s alone despite this exact item being collectively bargained during last season’s work stoppage.

“I disagree wholeheartedly with the discipline imposed,” Fujita said in a statement. “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 an appropriate forum. […] I have never contributed any money to any so-called ‘bounty’ pool and any statements to the contrary are false.”

Fujita, 33, has amassed 101 total tackles, four sacks and two interceptions over the past two seasons in Cleveland. In the event that the three-game suspension is upheld, it will cost Fujita  $644,118. He can participate in off-season and preseason activities, including games, with the Cleveland Browns.

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  • MrCleaveland

    First bounties, now appeals. These aren’t exactly stand-up guys. 

    Can lawsuits be far behind?

  • Tron

    Goodell: “I am suspending you 3 games Scott…”
    Fajita: “This is not fair!! I am APPEALING!”
    Goodell: “OK, well thanks for your appeal Scott, you’re still suspended 3 games” 
    Fajita: “damn….” 

  • MrCleaveland

    Goodell:  “To the contrary, Mr. Fujita, I do not find you appealing at all. I must admit, however, that you do have dreamy hair.”

  • mgbode

    I would love for it to go like Doyle selling the Indians in ML2.

    Goodell: “Scott, you are suspended for 3 games.”
    Fujita:  “No fair, I’m apealling that ruling.”
    Goodell:  “Ok, 4 games then.”
    Fujita:  “Hey, I’m definitely getting the union involved here.”
    Goodell:  “Upon further thought, since you were a NFLPA leader and taking very hard stances on how the league should handle player safety, 5 games.”
    Fujita:  *deer in headlights look*
    Goddell:  “Ok, well glad that is out of the way.  Would you like some coffee this morning, or do you need to get back?  Very well then.”