DREW BREES CHIMES IN WITH SLAM ON GOODELL
Drew Brees appears more interested in talking about his distrust of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell than the Johnny Unitas record he broke Sunday night.
With the Saints having a bye week the New Orleans quarterback has been making the media rounds, and weighing in on Goodell's latest decision in the alleged bounty case.
Brees, like other current and former Saints, is upset that Goodell didn't reduce the full-season suspension of linebacker Jonathan Vilma and the four-game suspension of defensive end Will Smith. And he backed the opinion of former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, who on Wednesday released a statement accusing Goodell of abusing his powers.
“I agree with everything Scott Fujita said in his statement,” Brees said on NFL Network’s NFL AM. “I thought it was a strong statement, but certainly very true.”
Brees, who on Sunday broke Unitas' long-standing record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, strongly suggested that the bounty dispute won't go away anytime soon.
“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,” Brees 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 also went on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" morning show and protested the suspensions that were dealt to Saints head coach Sean Payton and assistant Joe Vitt.
“This whole bounty thing, for the most part, is just a big sham,” Brees said. “The fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous.”
(Via Pro Football Talk)