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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees believes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to misuse his power after upholding the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith for their involvement in the Saints bounty scandal.
“This (bounty saga) could go on for a while because, certainly our players are not satisfied with some of the things that Commissioner Goodell has claimed or said,” Brees said to NFL AM. “It seems like so much of his suspensions have been based upon speculation and rhetoric and maybe the testimony of some pretty unreliable sources. So that’s the unfortunate thing — it seems like his decision changes quite a bit and at least the reasoning behind what his decision is. So that is the disappointing part of it for all of us.”
Brees said he agrees with Scott Fujita's statement which calls the commissioners actions "an absolute abuse" of power, reports NFL.com.
“I agree with everything that Scott Fujita said in his statement. I thought it was a strong statement, certainly very true."
Brees said he and the rest of the Saints wont use the loss of coach Sean Payton to a season-long suspension as an excuse for their poor start.
“We are never going to say that. We’re not going to make excuses for ourselves,” he said. “There are no excuses for our 1-4 start other than just lack of execution.”
Fujita's statement to Goodell:
“I’m pleased the Commissioner has finally acknowledged that I never participated in any so-called “bounty” program, as I’ve said for the past 7 months. However, his condescending tone was neither accurate nor productive. Additionally, I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language. This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a bad 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.
For me, the issue of player health & safety is personal. For the league and the Commissioner, it’s about perception & liability.
The Commissioner says he is disappointed in me. The truth is, I’m disappointed in him. His positions on player health and safety since a 2009 congressional hearing on concussions have been inconsistent at best. He failed to acknowledge a link between concussions & post-career brain disease, pushed for an 18-game regular season, committed to a full season of Thursday night games, has continually challenged players’ rights to file workers compensation claims for on-the-job injuries, and he employed incompetent replacement officials for the start of the 2012 season. His actions or lack thereof are by the league’s own definition, “conduct detrimental”.
My track record on the issue of player health & safety speaks for itself. And clearly, as I just listed, the Commissioner’s does too.”
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