Just a day after Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell abused his power with the discipline in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, Saints quarterback Drew Brees is making the media rounds and speaking out and echoing the statements made by Fujita.
Brees appeared on NFL AM on the NFL Network and ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning today. During those appearances, Brees continued to sound off on the NFL commissioner.
“I agree with everything Scott Fujita said in his statement,” Brees said. “I thought it was a strong statement, but certainly very true.”
Commissioner Goodell did make an attempt to stay in the good graces of the players by reducing some of the suspensions but the players aren’t buying it. Goodell is just trying to save face and Brees invites the suspended players to continue fighting for their justice.
“This 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. “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, or at least the reasoning behind what his decision is. So that’s the disappointing part of it for all of us. Now that we’re in the middle of the season, we just want to play football, we want to focus on winning games. It’s been a tough road, but we’re really just trying to compartmentalize this, block it out so we can focus on the season.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Brees went on to call the entire bounty case a sham — some of the harshest criticism that he has delivered through the entire process.
“This whole bounty thing, for the most part, is just a big sham,” Brees said. “The fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous.”
Brees being the latest player to speak out and attack the commissioner has to cause some worry for Roger Goodell. He has completely lost the players and is now looked at as a dictator who abuses his power while holding a double-standard throughout the league. Goodell has lost complete respect from NFL locker rooms and he needs to fix that. Fast.