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SBD/May 2, 2011/Franchises
Bears Decline To Compensate Ravens For Botched Trade
Published May 2, 2011
APOLOGY ENOUGH? Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti on Friday said, “I’m disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys (the Bears’ owners). It is in my opinion a deviation from their great legacy. They concluded that their heartfelt and admirable apology was sufficient for our loss. All of us at the Ravens strongly disagree” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 4/30). Bears Senior Dir of Ticket Operations George McCaskey "expressed disappointment Saturday in the comments made by" Bisciotti. McCaskey, during the Bears Expo at Solider Field, said, "We made a mistake. We apologize for it. The bottom line is, I understand it as the Ravens got the players they were wanting, and we got the player we were wanting." In Chicago, Vaughn McClure noted McCaskey "somewhat sidestepped Bisciotti’s comments because he did not speak with the Ravens owner personally." But Bears Chair Michael McCaskey and President & CEO Ted Phillips did speak "several times with Bisciotti after the debacle" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/1). SI.com's Peter King writes the "right thing would have been to give Baltimore something -- either the fourth-round pick or some pick to make up for what turned out to be a broken promise." King added, "This is dead wrong, and it's a terrible message to send to fans and people who follow the league" (SI.com, 5/2).