Ray Farmer apologizes for texting incident

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer issued an apology for texting coaches on the sideline during games, a violation of NFL rules. Farmer could be suspended, and the Browns may be fined and lose a draft pick. “First and foremost, I would like to first state an apology to Cleveland Browns fans," Farmer said. "So that everybody hears it from my mouth, it was me. To that degree, I have apologized to the people in the building – Coach (Mike) Pettine, Jimmy Haslam, the rest of the football staff, and everybody that was involved. They understand what happened. “I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. The thing that I learned from that is there is a platform to have those conversations and have those things talked about. I misplayed that platform. Something I’ve learned from, something I’ll be better at. I’ve corrected that mistake. I apologize to Jimmy Haslam, our fans and the football staff.” Pettine said he "wasn't thrilled" with Farmer's actions, but said they have resolved the issue. “A lot of it is deeply rooted in his competitiveness,” Pettine said. “I think if you polled all the GMs, those three or four hours on Sunday might be the toughest of the week. It's an unfortunate thing and we're waiting for the league to hand down the punishment for it. Whatever it is, we'll abide by it.” Farmer said he did not think his texting undermined the coaches. “It’s not an excuse, but sometimes your emotions get the best of you," Farmer said. Farmer said no one made him send the text messages. “I think that was very helpful,” Farmer said of Haslam’s comments made a week ago. “Jimmy’s a good man, a real good owner. To that degree, his support was monumental for me personally. It felt really good to me at a moment when nobody likes to hear the negative.” Farmer said the Browns aren't dysfunctional, contrary to many reports. “I would describe our organization as a healthy one because we do have platforms where you can discuss those things openly and honestly,” Farmer said. “In large part, those conversations are met with candor, guys can express their minds. I’m the general manager and I feel I’m an open book. I tell people the truth on how I feel, where I’m at." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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