Did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decide that players allegedly involved in the Saints' bounty pool were guilty even before all the facts from the league's investigation were in?
That's what the NFL Players Assn. alleges in a court filing Friday that disputes Goodell's sworn statement that he was prepared to issue punishments to players in March, but waited until May as a courtesy to the union.
The documents filed Friday include sworn statements by New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita -- one of four players issued punishments by the NFL for their alleged role in the bounty pool -- that Goodell talked about issuing punishments to players in March before the league's investigation into the scandal was complete.
The union contends that Goodell was quoted in media reports as late as April 24 that the league "was continuing our work" into player investigations and that he hoped "to reach those decisions very soon."