Union counsel fires back at NFL lawyer

The fallout from the suspensions of players in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program literally is turning into a “he-said/she-said’’ battle.

Earlier, we told you that NFL outside counsel Mary Jo White said the league had ample evidence to justify the evidence.

Now, Richard Smith, the lead outside counsel for the NFL Players Association is firing back.

“I was at the meeting with the NFL’s lead investigators in March. She was not there,’’ Smith said. “Anyone, especially former prosecutors like both of us, know that what the league provided could never be called ‘substantial evidence’ of player participation in a ‘pay-to-injure’ program. Worse yet, Mary Jo provided nothing new or compelling today beyond another press briefing.’’