Fujita insists the bounty program never existed.
Goodell’s new ruling comes about a month after an appeals panel created by the NFL’s labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds during Week 1 of the regular season. The panel informed Goodell he needed to clarify the reasons for the punishment.
Fujita feels a personal connection to the player safety issue. He was at the bargaining table for the players during contract talks when they successfully fought for changes. Fujita’s close friend and former Saints teammate Steve Gleason is afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, an incurable disease that medical studies say could be lined to head injuries.
Fujita knows his fight’s not over. And he’s not worried about any repercussions for his criticism of Goodell.
‘‘This is how I feel about things,’’ he said with a shrug. ‘‘I've been very clear about it since back in March, so I don’t think it could get any worse.’’
AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this story.