Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam apologized to Browns fans for all of the negative attention that’s been drawn to his company Pilot Flying J after they were raided by the FBI for fraud.
“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,” Haslam said, per ESPN.com.
“We feel badly about it and we’re very comfortable we’ll work through this situation.”
Haslam is excited for the upcoming NFL season.
“I want to win because we’re competitive and anybody that’s competitive wants to win, but having been in this area, I want to win more for you all, the fans of Cleveland, because I’ve never seen fan support like this in the Cleveland area,” he said. “It’s incredible. I pledge to you we’re going to do everything we possibly can to bring a winner to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio because this area deserves it.”
He believes the Browns will be a much better team in 2013.
“I think we’ll have a better football team this year,” he said. “We’re going to do this the right way. It’s not going to happen overnight. You don’t go from winning 14 games in three years to winning 14 games in one year. But we will have a better team this year and we’ll be better in 2014.”