"I am surprised and disappointed by the fact that you, a former defensive captain and a passionate advocate for player safety, ignored such a program and permitted it to continue." — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in a letter addressed to former New Orleans Saint and current Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita. Goodell also wrote public letters last week to players Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith reaffirming the suspensions and discipline imposed upon them for their alleged roles in the Saints bounty scandal.
"For me, the issue of player health and safety is personal. For the league and the Commissioner, it's about perception and liability. The Commissioner says he is disappointed in me. The truth is, I'm disappointed in him." — Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, in his own open letter.
"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 and at least the reasoning behind what his decision is. So that is the disappointing part of it for all of us." — Saints quarterback Drew Brees on WWL-AM on Oct. 11.