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.