Williams, now with St. Louis, has cooperated with the league’s investigation but is currently suspended indefinitely. Saints head coach Sean Payton is suspended for the season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt six games. They were punished separately from the players and all are serving out their punishment.
By contrast, the players and their union have put up intense resistance for the past half-year with no sign of letting up.
Even after his suspension was reduced this week, Fujita was harshly critical of Goodell, calling the ‘‘condescending tone’’ of his disciplinary letter unproductive, accusing the commissioner of misusing his power and questioning Goodell’s record on player safety.
‘‘The commissioner says he is disappointed in me,’’ Fujita said Wednesday. ‘‘The truth is, I'm disappointed in him.’’