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NFLPA, including Brees, Fujita, meeting with NFL

The Sports Xchange
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NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and committe members Drew Brees and Scott Fujita were part of a contingent that entered the NFL offices in New York on Monday for a meeting related to player discipline for involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal.

The NFLPA released a statement Monday confirming it had audio of then-Saints' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' speech before the Saints' playoff loss at San Francisco, released last week by a documentary filmmaker who had access to the team. However, the union has underlined that the league is currently withholding all other evidence outlined in its extensive investigation.

"The NFLPA was aware of the existence of the Gregg Williams audio prior to its release," the statement reads. "We learned of the tape as part of our effort to obtain any and all information related to an alleged pay-to-injure scheme. We had no control of the content and did not make a determination on the method of its release. To date, the NFL has not provided the NFLPA with detailed evidence of the existence of such a program."

Brees and Fujita are members of the union's executive committee. Fujita, along with linebacker Jonathan Vilma, was one of the figures on which the three-year NFL investigation was centered but is no longer with the Saints. Brees has said repeatedly he had no knowledge of the bounty system facilitated by Williams.

NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth and the union's chief legal consel also attended Monday's meeting.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said neither side would be offering comment and no sanctions are guaranteed.

Goodell handed down heavy punishment for Williams, who is suspended indefinitely, coach Sean Payton (suspended for one season), assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games), general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games) and the Saints, who were stripped of their 2012 second-round pick, 2013 second-round pick and fined.

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