Fujita expressed his feelings in an interview with the AP and said that ''I'm not saying the NFL is intentionally lying,''
''I've been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they may have just been working with the information they've been given, even though much of that information was inaccurate and lacked credibility.
''It's their cavalier interpretation of everything that's been way off. They clearly proceeded with a public smear campaign with very little regard for the truth.''
The Associated press reported that NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the NFL stands by its finding that Fujita gave ''more than token amounts'' of money to a pool that also rewarded injury-producing hits called ''cart-offs'' and ''knockouts.''
In 2010, Fujita became a member of the NFLPA executive committee, and has since echoed comments by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) comparing the NFL's 2009 position on concussions' links to brain disease to the way the tobacco industry denied knowledge that smoking caused cancer, said the Associated Press.
Deuce McAllister is not surprised by the Saints' bounty charges.
The career rushing leader for the Saints said the bounty cash for-pay-for crunch charges against the Saints for the 2009-11 seasons did not catch him entirely off guard.
'It's something every team does -- or did," the former Ole Miss star told the Shreveport Times the day before he joined seven other inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Natchitoches. "We're just the team that got caught. It's unfortunate."
McAllister said he didn't know the extent of the Saints' bounty program. He said it appeared to him to be an extension of a practice he remembers where the running backs would put up money in a pot for fines the group would get to pay for a fine the back would get for a fumble or a penalty, a practice that has been the league for a long time.
McAllister said, "Sometimes we might have $500 or $600 in the pot that would pay for a real nice dinner for the six or seven running backs. Or after some games we might donate the money in the pot to our manager who was assigned to care of the running backs.
What McAllister is describing may, indeed, be something every team does, but it's a far cry from what the NFL alleges the Saints did.
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