Contrary to attack ads which aired during Sunday's Super Bowl, Randy Lerner says there is absolutley no truth to reports the Cleveland Browns are for sale.
"I can definitely, positively, and categorically say that the Cleveland Browns are NOT up for sale," Mr. Lerner told WKYC news anchor Romona Robinson in a private phone conservation Monday.
"There is no letter that I know of stating that fact. I adore this team," said Mr. Lerner. "I am working feverishly to make this a better team, and you can quote me."
The Browns owner's comments to Romona Robinson came after repeated ads during the Super Bowl which promised a report on the possible pending sale of the team.
"There are no plans to sell this team," the Browns owner continued. "I have never met with anyone , never corresponded with anyone to sell the Cleveland Browns. I have had several offers over the years, but turned them down."
Mr. Lerner blasted the local Cleveland television station (WOIO) which ran the promotional spots.
"They have gone on a steady mission to try to embarass or denigrate me and the Cleveland Browns. I have never spoken with anyone from Channel 19, and I have no idea where this story came from."
More on the Browns owner's comments from Romona Robinson and WKYC Sports Director Jim Donovan on Channel 3 News tonight at 6, 7, and 11.