According to a 10,000-plus word essay documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon published Thursday on his website, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita urged the public release of the audiotape on which former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams encouraged his players to target members of the San Francisco 49ers with the intent to injure them.
Fujita has not responded to an e-mail from the Beacon Journal seeking comment about Pamphilon’s essay.
Fujita, who played for the Saints from 2006-09 before signing with the Browns, received a three-game suspension from the NFL for his alleged role in the Saints’ bounty scandal. He has repeatedly denied the league’s accusations that he contributed money to a pool that paid players to intentionally hurt opponents. Fujita has reserved the right to appeal his suspension, pending the outcome of the NFL Players Association’s grievances against the league regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to determine punishment for the alleged conduct and rule on any appeals.
Here are some points Pamphilon asserts in his essay (click here to read it):
Again, it’s important to note Fujita has not yet responded to Pamphilon’s version of the events outlined in the essay.
As for Fujita’s opinion about the recording of Williams’ speech (warning: it contains adult language), he was asked about it last week during the Browns’ first practice of organized team activities.
“We’ve all been in locker rooms where inappropriate things are said, that are over the top and sound highly inappropriate to the rest of the world,” Fujita said. “But I’ve been in some locker rooms through high school, college and the league, it sounds crazy, but players for the most part just laugh it off and [say], ‘Hey, that guy’s just being crazy.’ The tape itself, it wasn’t evidence of anything, other than a coach saying some inappropriate things. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that.”