AFL co-owner admits to placing bets with Teddy Mitchell’s illegal gambling outfit in Oklahoma

TAGs: Crime, paul alexander ross, teddy mitchell, tulsa talons

afl owner admits to betting on illegal gambling operationTulsa University’s former athletic director Ross Parmley lost his job after it was revealed that his name was linked to the ongoing illegal gambling case in Oklahoma. Now, another high-profile individual has come out and admitted to placing bets with the Teddy Mitchell-led gambling operation.

Recent developments have also identified Paul Ross, a co-owner of the Tulsa Talons, as having been involved with Mitchell and his gambling outfit. After initially denying any involvement with Mitchell, Ross finally admitted to the FBI that he and a group of his friends regularly bet on sporting events run online by Mitchell. Talking to the Oklahoman through a phone interview, Ross confirmed that he and some friends made bets with Mitchell. “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,” he said earlier this week.

While he isn’t facing any charges, Ross’ confession brings to light that he allegedly still owns a minority share on the Tulsa Talons team that was sold last year and has since relocated to San Antonio as the San Antonio Talons. Despite his proclamations that he has no ownership stake in the new San Antonio Talons franchise, the teams’ COO, Keith Recine, confirmed Ross still had a minority share in the company.

Ross also said that he didn’t understand anything wrong with what he did, apparently not knowing the repercussions  of what could happen if news breaks out points to the owner of a professional sports team making bets on college football games, NFL games and baseball games.

“I’ve never met him,” Ross said, referring to Mitchell. “It was set up for me and some buddies through another guy that I knew. … We didn’t do very good. We weren’t very good at what we were doing there. It wasn’t just me. It was a group and I was kind of the guy that paid it.”

Ross did admit to gambling with Mitchell’s illegal operation, though, and that, it seems, is strong enough proof for the investigators to add to their growing list of testimonies and/or evidence that the latter, together with eight other individuals including two of his sons, were running an elaborate high-stakes illegal gambling ring in Oklahoma City.
The trial of Teddy Mitchell and the eight other defendants in the case has been set for April of next year.



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