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Cleveland Browns majority owner Jimmy Haslam spoke at a National Football Foundation awards banquet in Westlake on Tuesday. Following his remarks to the coaches and high school players, Haslam addressed the media assembled-
“I apologize to the city of Cleveland, Northeastern Ohio and all Browns fans because the last thing we ever wanted to do as a new owner was detract from football and the Browns and just what a great football area this is and so I apologize for that. We feel badly about it, and we’re very comfortable we’ll work through this situation.”
According to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich, Haslam did not appear nervous that his ownership of the Browns could be in jeopardy-
“Haslam, though, sounded as if he’s not worried about his status as owner of the Browns. He told fans they will “love” outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the team’s recent first-round draft pick, praised the front office’s trade for former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess and touted the approach of the new coaching staff.
“I went to practice the other day, and we’re not throwing 3-yard dinks,” Haslam said. “We’re throwing the ball down the field and that’s the way [offensive coordinator] Norv [Turner] likes to play. And you’re going to really like the way [defensive coordinator] Ray Horton plays defense. He plays defense the way I like to play defense. He gets after them.”
Despite Haslam’s uncertain future, he also vowed to keep a promise he first made last summer when he struck a deal to buy the Browns.”
The investigation into Haslam’s Pilot/Flying J continues. Civil suites have been filed and restraining orders petitioned for. One thing is certain- this isn’t going to go away anytime soon.
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