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NFLPA Releases Statement On Suspension Of Scott Fujita And 3 Others

The NFLPA promptly responded to Wednesday's suspension of four players for their roles in the Saints bounty scandal. Scott Fujita was one of the four players suspended, as the league announced the Browns outside linebacker will sit out three games for his role in contributing to the pool. Adam Schefter reported that all four players, however, would appeal their suspensions and the union was ready to vigorously defend their members, with legal action certainly on the table. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has now released a statement in response to the suspensions, and he echoes and confirms Schefter's initial report. Via NFLPA:

"After seeing the NFL's decision letters, the NFLPA has still not received any detailed or specific evidence from the league of these specific players' involvement in an alleged pay-to-injure program. We have made it clear that punishment without evidence is not fair. We have spoken with our players and their representatives and we will vigorously protect and pursue all options on their behalf."

It sounds like this is far from over.

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