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AP Report: NFLPA Files Evidence Of NFL-Sanctioned "Incentive Program" In 1996

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Uh Oh. The Associated Press is reporting that the NFLPA has evidence of the NFL permitting an outside of contract incentive program in 1996, and is using it to FREE SCOTT FUJITA.

Is Scott Fujita going to get let off the hook when the NFL's hypocrasy is exposed?
Is Scott Fujita going to get let off the hook when the NFL's hypocrasy is exposed?
Chris Graythen

I just caught this nugget on espn.com, and ABSOLUTELY had to share it:

The NFL Players Association has filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by former Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.

And with Scott Fujita having been placed in the role of Reggie White, the players' association wonders why it was ok then, but receives unprecedented punishment now.

But don't call it a bounty program...

The filing Thursday cites media reports about White's "smash-for-cash" program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits. The reports include other teams discussing similar pools.

And here's the crux of the point of it all:

The NFLPA says Goodell's decision to suspend Fujita for behavior never before punished or prohibited by the NFL violates the league's labor agreement and demonstrates the commissioner's bias against players punished in the bounty probe of the Saints.

What do you think? More fuel for the anti-Bountycrap fire, or much ado about nothing?