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Lions will not pursue tampering charges against the Ravens

Lions will not pursue tampering charges against the Ravens
The Detroit Lions said they don't have a problem with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti's comments about Haloti Ngata. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions will not pursue tampering charges against the Ravens following owner Steve Bisciotti's comments last night in regard to new Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

"We appreciate both the Ravens' professionalism and the context in which Mr. Bisciotti's statements were made," the Lions said in a statement. "We consider the matter to be a non-issue."

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The statement also acknowledged that the Ravens contacted Detroit to provide an explanation for Bisciotti's comments, which came in a conference call with personal seat license and season ticket holders.

After failing to reach agreement on a contract extension with Ngata, the Ravens traded him to the Lions last month, along with a seventh-round draft pick, for a fourth and fifth-round pick.

Asked about the deal by a season ticket holder last night, Bisciotti said, "I respect Haloti. I had a wonderful conversation with him after he was traded. We are going to miss him, but I haven't heard anything about him getting an extension from Detroit. As far as I know, he could be a free agent a year from now, and we may be watching the second coming of Haloti Ngata.

"Who knows? I never give up hope that we couldn't get him back. I talked to [former Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson] about that when he left for San Diego. Players like that are always welcome back. There were no hard feelings on either side. Haloti is a wonderful guy. I wish him the best, and maybe we'll see him again."

NFL rules prohibit team officials from making "a public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club's player to that player's agent or representative, or to a member of the media."

However, the team with the player who has allegedly been tampered with would have to file a complaint with the league, which the Lions don't plan to do.

Tampering has been a popular topic in NFL circles with both the New York Jets and New England Patriots exchanging accusations over comments their respective owners made about cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis signed with the Jets as a free agent last month.

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