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NFL reviewing Bettis slots involvement

Jerry DiPaola
| Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004

The NFL is reviewing Steelers running back Jerome Bettis' plans to join developer C.J. Betters in his attempt to open a slots parlor and other ventures in Hays, but a spokesman said Monday that league officials are satisfied that Bettis is not violating any rules regarding gambling.

The league sent a letter to Bettis requesting information about his role in the project and NFL vice president of public relations Greg Aiello said the response was "comprehensive."

"He confirmed that, No. 1, he has no intention of violating NFL rules regarding gambling and, No. 2, he will modify the nature of his participation in the real-estate development, if we ask him to do so."

Bettis, who received a $6 million signing bonus from the Steelers in 2001, said he will continue to look for investments as a means to maintain his current lifestyle after his playing career.

"I'm a business guy," he said. "You have to let (money) work a little bit."

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