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Drew Brees calls bounty scandal 'a big sham,' questions reliability of NFL sources

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Don't know if you've heard or not, but the whole Saints bounty scandal thing is still going on. Roger Goodell re-issued his punishment this week, and those punishments didn't sit well with the NFLPA or the players.

Scott Fujita, in particular, wasn't happy, saying he was "disappointed" in Goodell. His former teammate, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, had even stronger words, calling the bounty scandal "a big sham."

"This whole bounty thing, for the most part, is just a big sham," Brees said on Mike & Mike in the Morning, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. "The fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous."

Brees also swung by NFL AM and lamented that the bounty scandal has carried so far into the season and called into question the reliability of the NFL's sources in determining exactly what the Saints did.

"It seems like so much of his suspensions have been based upon speculation and rhetoric and maybe the testimony of some pretty unreliable sources," Brees said. "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."

The bounty scandal clearly has had an effect on the Saints. They won their first game of the season last week against the Chargers and simply don't look like the same team.

It's not even about missing the talent from the field as a result of the bounty scandal. It's about a team being distracted by the offseason mess, and it's about a team not being able to produce the same results without Sean Payton on the sideline calling plays.

And it's about a team not having any talent on defense -- although that excuse probably isn't convenient enough.

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