Former co-owner of Tulsa Talons Paul Ross tells FBI he gambled with Teddy Mitchell
BY NOLAN CLAY & ROBBY TRAMMELL NewsOK.com
Thursday, December 13, 2012
12/13/12 at 5:14 AM
A co-owner of the Tulsa Talons has admitted to the FBI that he was a gambler who dealt with Oklahoma City sports "bookie" Teddy Mitchell, The Oklahoman has learned.
Paul Alexander Ross, 52, confirmed Wednesday he told FBI agents that he and a group of friends bet online on sporting events and dealt with Mitchell. "We were stupid," he said.
The Tulsa Talons was an Arena Football League team that played in Tulsa for years before being sold after the 2011 season. The team now plays in San Antonio and is known as the San Antonio Talons.
"I'm not hiding the fact that I and some of my buddies used me as the point guy to bet and we bet with this guy, Teddy Mitchell. I don't know any more than that," Ross told The Oklahoman on Wednesday. "We lost money."
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Original Print Headline: Talons' Ross admits gambling
No AFL inquiry
The Arena Football League will not make any official inquiry into gambling by Paul Ross, league Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said.
"We don't have a specific prohibition against somebody in their personal life engaging in wagering outside of our business," Kurz said. "Some might think that's not enough but I think it's difficult to legislate people's activity outside of your business."
The commissioner said the league does prohibit owners from gambling on Arena Football League games. Ross, a co-owner of the Tulsa Talons, told The Oklahoman he did not bet on Arena Football League games.
Ross' group still is a minority owner in the San Antonio Talons, the commissioner said. Ross said he does not have any ownership interest.
Ross has admitted to the FBI that he was a gambler involved with Teddy Mitchell of Oklahoma City.
Last week, another admitted gambler, Ross Parmley, was fired from his position as University of Tulsa athletic director. Parmley admitted to the FBI that he bet on college and NFL games, which is a violation of NCAA rules.
- NOLAN CLAY, The Oklahoman
Paul Alexander Ross: Former co-owner of the Tulsa Talons admitted he was a gambler who dealt with Teddy Mitchell.