As the New Orleans Saints scramble to make plans for Sean Payton’s year off from the game (possibly by talking to Bill Parcells) the players who played with the Saints from 2009 – 2011 wait for punishments to be handed down. As is the case with Scott Fujita and the Browns, they have to wait to pay the piper for sins that occurred under a completely different organizational umbrella. While Scott Fujita is a man who made choices and presumably earned some form of punishment, it seems rather odd that that punishment could end up being felt in Berea and all around the country wherever Cleveland Browns fans choose to roam.
So, is there a way for the player to be punished while not punishing the fans of a new team in a new organization that presumably had their house in order, at least with respect to bounty programs? I think there is.
Just force Scott Fujita to play without pay for whatever games he would be suspended. Wouldn’t that make more sense anyway? To risk injury without any compensation might send the message more appropriately than having to sit out safe and comfortable at home without pay. This isn’t to say that Fujita is a guy who needs the message anyway, as we don’t know all the details. It seems to me that Fujita is already pretty sensitive to the dangers of playing football and safety given the letter he wrote during the lockout.
But just in case a punishment is necessary for Fujita, maybe keep Browns fans in mind and try not to punish them as well.