Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has been adamant about his innocence when it comes to the bounty scandal, but he is right back in the news again after documentary film maker Sean Pamphlion published a very lengthy diary that is going to keep him in the spotlight [side note: PFT has an abbreviated, summary-version here]. The entry particularly focuses on the correspondences that Pamphilion and Fujita have had since this past January.
The audio for the entire 13 minutes I shot of the Williams speech was released uncut, as well as a 3 1/2 minute cut down version. We never released the video. The "master" shot–never before publicly seen picture–is Steve Gleason and his former New Orleans Saints teammate, Scott Fujita.
I was told that Fujita, currently a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, was invited to deliver a pre-game speech. And the invitation came from the recently suspended Saints head coach, Sean Payton. This was a team he hadn’t played for in two years, yet Fujita’s leadership still carried significant weight with the core group he won a Super Bowl title with. Fujita decided against delivering the speech, but made the trip anyway to help chaperone our mutual friend, Steve Gleason, who has ALS.
What motivated Pamphlion to speak up again? Well, it seems like he was pretty upset by comments made by Fujita when he was interviewed in Berea last week:
As his press conference continued, there was one particular sound bite that caught my attention and offended me so deeply, I was prompted to share these facts in this fashion.
"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," he 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, ‘Hey, that guy’s just being crazy.’ The tape itself, it wasn’t evidence of anything, other than a coach saying some inappropriate things."
-Scott Fujita, Cleveland Browns Linebacker, NFL Executive Committee Member.
When he said that the tape wasn’t evidence of anything, I that felt like he stuck his football helmet up my ass and through my ribcage. It hurt that much. If this was true, then why did we spend so much time and energy on this issue? Why did it resonate so strongly with our culture, including those who don’t cheer for the home team on Sunday’s?
It seems like I have quoted a lot already, but trust me -- what I have quoted is nothing compared to reading the entire diary. Thankfully, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk put together a bullet point summary that is easy to digest.
Pamphilion definitely has his own agenda in this whole thing, so we can't assume everything he is saying is truthful. But, with all of this "evidence," it certainly seems like it's going to be more difficult for Fujita to defend himself against accusations. What are your reactions after reading about this issue?