June 26, 2012 |
Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, said he sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation. Some agree, and question whether Fujita's three-game suspension has something to do with retribution. "I'm not saying the NFL is intentionally lying," Fujita said. "I've been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they may have just been working with the information they've been given, even though much of that information was inaccurate and lacked credibility.
March 25, 2015 |
HEY EAGLES fans, we've got a new Cowboy to hate. Defensive end Greg Hardy took to Instagram yesterday to give the world a message: "I don't Care If U Like Me, I Like Me and God knows all so I pray he Blesses America, The Cowboys and no place else #happy to have an opportunity. " Last year, Hardy was found guilty of two counts of domestic assault on his girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in a case that was eventually dismissed on appeal when she refused to cooperate. Hardy has been on the NFL commissioner's exempt list since September while the league does its own investigation.
December 12, 2005 |
Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells challenged his struggling offense to "do something" to keep pace with the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs. Then he gave them some gimmicks to help pull it off. Getting touchdowns on a flea flicker, an end-around inside the 10-yard line and a pass to a blocker who hadn't scored in 2 years, the Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive with a 31-28 victory over Kansas City yesterday in a barn-burner befitting a...
September 14, 2012
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to meet Tuesday with the four players suspended in the Saints' bounty scandal, NFL.com reported Wednesday. An appeals panel last week overturned the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (2012 season) and defensive end Will Smith (four games) for their roles in the team's bounty program from 2009 to '11. Browns linebacker Scott Fujita got three games and defensive end Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, got eight. The appeals panel said Goodell must clarify his earlier rulings to ensure that no part of his decisions was based on salary cap violations.
October 27, 2012
NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Friday, arguing that former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints bounties case next week. In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma's statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue's being appointed to the role, saying: "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator. " The action comes after the players' union and the four players suspended in the bounties case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself from the case because of what they say is a conflict of interest.
September 20, 2012
Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday about the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Scott Fujita's meeting was postponed. Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured left knee sustained during the preseason. He was unable to travel to New York, the NFL Players Association said. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left the NFL offices around 4 p.m., about three hours after they arrived. Smith and Hargrove did not make themselves available to reporters.
October 27, 2012
By Jonathan Mahler If the NFL's "Bountygate" scandal has become too complicated for you to follow - what with the appeals, reduced suspensions, recusals, and a civil suit - here's all you need to know: In Scott Fujita, the league chose the wrong scapegoat. When the story broke last spring, it seemed simple enough. The NFL claimed to have proof that several members of the New Orleans Saints had created a slush fund to reward those who injured members of opposing teams. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell quickly meted out some of the toughest punishments in league history, and he was duly applauded by Bob Costas and other self-appointed guardians of sportsmanship and fair play.
June 25, 2012 |
FORMER NEW ORLEANS linebacker Scott Fujita , a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation. Some NFL players agree, and question whether Fujita's three-game suspension has something to do with retribution. "I'm not saying the NFL is intentionally lying," Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, said in an interview with the Associated Press. "I've been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they may have just been working with the information they've been given, even though much of that information was inaccurate and lacked credibility.
June 19, 2012
Wild card Tommy Haas defeated five-time champion Roger Federer , 7-6 (5), 6-4, to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, on Sunday. The 87th-ranked Haas, the oldest player in the singles draw at 34, recovered from losing his serve in the first game by winning the opening set in a tiebreaker and then getting the decisive break in the ninth game of the second set. The Queen's Club final in London was halted abruptly when David Nalbandian injured a line judge, handing the title to Marin Cilic.