facebook
twitter
search
search

Haslam apologizes to NFL owners for damage caused by investigation

May 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

BOSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he apologized to fellow NFL owners for any embarrassment caused by the federal probe of his chain of truck stops.

At an owners' meeting in Boston Tuesday, Haslam asked for 5 minutes to tell fellow owners he had no knowledge of alleged rebate fraud at his company, Pilot Flying J, and apologized for any damage to the NFL brand, USA Today reported.

"I thought it was important. We're partners in the NFL. I wanted to address them face-to-face," Haslam later told the newspaper.

The owners unanimously approved Haslam's acquisition of the Browns in October, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Wednesday.

"I know he feels a sense of embarrassment," New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. "He said they're going to do everything they can to get it under control and put it behind them, and that he felt bad for the attention that it brought to the Cleveland franchise and the NFL."

"I was very touched by it," New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said of Haslam's comments. "He was open. I admire him for taking a very proactive position."

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall