posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 10:38 AM
PITTSBURGH -- NFL officials will talk with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis to determine whether he has violated league rules by being
involved in a proposed real estate development that could include slot machines
Bettis, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history, was in Harrisburg this week to speak with lawmakers about minority interests in proposed gambling
The 32-year-old running back appeared with C.J. Betters, a developer who has proposed a $500 million facility that could include a horse track, hotel,
townhouses, retail stores and slot machines, if the state passes legislation legalizing slots.
The NFL policy on gambling prohibits players from advertising or promoting activities "that can reasonably be perceived as constituting affiliation
with or endorsement of gambling."
Betters wouldn't comment on his relationship with Bettis or his role in the development. The state Senate is expected to vote soon on whether to
legalize as many as 61,000 slot machines in Pennsylvania.