This week, there was quite the fallout from the players’ appeal meetings with Roger Goodell over the Saints bounty scandal. Each player walked out of the brief encounters firing away at Roger Goodell, including Browns linebacker Scott Fujita. The outspoken union leader spoke with Dave Zirin on SiriusXM and offered some more candid thoughts, describing how the frosty meetings went down and how the contentiousness between the players and the league has escalated:
“I saw him in the [appeal] hearings and he offered to shake all of our hands. Some of the other players didn’t, but I went ahead and shook his hand, and I just said to him, ‘What the hell are you doing, Roger?’ He had nothing to say. His face sure turned red, though.”
Fujita’s three-game suspension has not been overturned but both sides appear to have dug in their heels — the Commissioner’s right to suspend the players was upheld by an arbitrator, and he’s not altering his punishments. You can read his first full interview since the appeal with Zirin here.
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