Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 5/7/12
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and the NFL have a disagreement. A serous, serious disagreement. Fujita released his first statement on the three-game suspension he received last week for, the league said, making significant contributions to the New Orleans Saints bounty pool when Fujita was with the Saints. Fujita said in a statement on his website ScottFujita.com, that he disagreed "wholeheartedly with the discipline imposed." He continued: "I've yet to hear the specifics of any allegation against me, nor have I seen any evidence that supports what the NFL alleges in its press release. "I look forward to the opportunity to confront what evidence they claim to have in the appropriate forum. Until then, I stand by my previous comments. I have never contributed money to any so-called "bounty" pool, and any statements to the contrary are false. "To say I'm disappointed with the League would be a huge understatement. "Any further questions can be directed to my union." Three others were suspended by the league last week: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season, defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove for eight games and defensive end Will Smith for four games. All have denied taking part in or managing a "bounty" pool -- designed to reward players for hits that injure opponents -- and all say they have never seen the league's evidence against them. All filed a grievance challenging commissioner Roger Goodell's right to make a disciplinary decision for matters that took place prior to the July 2011 signing of the new CBA, and Monday all appealed their suspensions. The information from the two camps is stark in the differences. The league said it provided material to the NFLPA twice, and asked all players to come for private interviews, which they declined. Fujita and others said they have never seen the evidence. Too, Fujita said he never pledged money to any pool that gave rewards for injuring players. The league said he pledged "a significant amount" during the playoffs that followed the 2009 season. Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely. Both acknowledged the bounty program existed. The players say they've seen no evidence. The lack of middle ground is startling.
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