Last week, the NFL said it wanted to talk to Bettis about his
ties to the project.
Bettis, in a statement, said he appeared in Harrisburg last week with developer C.J. Betters as lawmakers were considering
legalizing slot machines. He's a partner in Betters' Pittsburgh
Development Group II, and sees the proposed track and parlor in
Hays as a good business opportunity.
"As the Hays development project continues, my advisers and I will monitor the activities of PDG II, and should my involvement
present a conflict with the NFL rules, I will take whatever actions [are] appropriate to assure compliance with those rules," Bettis
said in the statement reported on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web
Last week, NFL officials said they learned Bettis had a
connection to the proposed track and wanted to speak with him about
it. The NFL policy on gambling prohibits players from advertising
or promoting activities "that can reasonably be perceived as
constituting affiliation with or endorsement of gambling."
On Monday, Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill authorizing 61,000 slot machines at 14 sites across the state.
Bettis is heading into his 12th NFL season and needs 907 yards to move into fourth place on the career rushing list. His agent,
Lamont Smith, didn't immediately return phone calls to The
Associated Press on Tuesday.