Jimmy Haslam apologizes to Cleveland Browns fans

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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    Maybe I missed it, but what promise did he vow to keep?

  • Natedawg86

    I am still waiting on the bike that my dad promised me when I was 4.

  • maxfnmloans

    Free extended shower time at any Pilot/Flying J for season ticket holders

  • Wow

    that they will be a contender. He then said they may go 3-13 this year and they will try to contend next year. So I believe the latter over the former.

  • BenRM

    Best part of this: No more 3-yard dinks!

    I hate dinks!

  • Mr0verk1ll

    I am even less enamored of those dreaded dunks.

  • mgbode

    “He plays defense the way I like to play defense.”

    Well, most of our defensive players have a rap sheet too. So, maybe he’s just trying to fit in?

  • Garry_Owen

    “He plays defense the way my lawyers play defense” would be better.

  • humboldt

    I have to stop reading Haslam stories since they only serve to anger me…

  • BenRM

    The Dink-Dunk civil war was bloody and awful.