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Drew Brees Rips Roger Goodell, Calls Bounties A “Sham”


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 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn’t resting his mouth during the Saints bye week. Making media rounds this morning, Brees ripped into NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike In The Morning, Brees described his anger about the suspensions of coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt, as well as GM Mickey Loomis. He also had plenty to say about the suspension of his former teammate Scott Fujita.

Yesterday, Fujita released a fiery statement, calling out Goodell’s hypocrisy and lack of punishable evidence. Brees pointed out that Goodell’s letter to Fujita (explaining the suspension) suggests Scott is being punished for something completely different from the alleged “boutygate.” Goodell suspended Fujita in the Summer, claiming he participated in a “bounty” program.

Brees went on to call the entire “bounty” situation a “sham” based on “speculation and rhetoric.”

Brees had plenty more to say on NFL Network’s NFL AM.

“I agree with everything Scott Fujita said in his statement. I thought it was a strong statement, but certainly very true.

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. 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.”

Brees is generally guarded when he makes public comments. Not today. He simply let it rip.

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