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Heroes Owner Responds to Legends False Statements

June 15, 2007 - American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) - Huntington Heroes News Release


Heroes owner Greg Ramey would like to clear the air air on what was an upsetting claim against him and the Heroes. Last week the Canton Legends released a story saying that the Heroes tried to get them to switch the playoff game to Huntington. Legend's co-owner Paul Cipar and head coach Bobby Olive were quoted in that story and claimed that Mr. Ramey had contacted and talked to them. That was false. As with any story the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

"We did discuss two weeks before we even played them about agreeing to host the playoff game in Huntington", said Ramey. "But I have never even talked to Paul Cipar and didn't talk to Bobby Olive about this so for them to say the things they did was false." Before the playoff field was expanded to four teams Ramey and the Legends other co-owner Joe Hoffman had a conversation about agreeing to have the game in Huntington. The reason being was because the Legends had just lost a ton of money hosting the Brooke Hogan concert. "They lost money on the Hogan concert," said Ramey. "On the Monday after the concert they didn't want to host the playoff game and lose any more money. We agreed two weeks before we even played them the first time and had a plan worked out to submit to the league and then I heard nothing else from there."

When the week of the first round playoff game came up the Legends in an effort to stir up their fan base and team released the damaging story. "I sent an email to Joe Hoffman after the playoff game looking for an explanation and to wish them luck," says Ramey. "The response back was it was just business, nothing personal. Well I don't know about you but it looked like a personal attack on me. I never did talk to Olive or Cipar and for them to say the things they did hurt."

The Legends continue their quest for a repeat league championship when they visit the top seeded Reading Express in the North division championship game on Saturday.

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