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Arthur Blank says Falcons won’t appeal noise ruling


Not only did the Falcons identify the culprit in their noise violation and fire him, they’ve also apologized for his actions.

In a statement released by the team, Falcons owner Arthur Blank was contrite (or as contrite as you can be in a statement released by the team).

“What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business,” Blank said. “Anytime there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.”

“The league conducted a thorough investigation of this matter, and we cooperated fully. We understand the penalties imposed and their impact on our team, and we will not appeal the league’s decisions. Further, we have addressed the matter internally and taken actions to ensure that something like this does not happen again.

“The Falcons and all of our other businesses are built upon a foundation of values that drive our decision making. This issue was a clear failure in that regard. I apologize for any embarrassment this situation has caused the NFL, our fans, and our Falcons players and associates.”

While losing a 2016 fifth-round penalty and $350,000 hurts the team at certain levels, it’s also convenient to have a lone wolf to pin it on.

Former director of event marketing Roddy White, who lost his job two weeks ago as a result of the incident, took the hit.

Team president Rich McKay won’t get to take part in any of the competition committee fun for a few months, but the team can now move forward, a little lighter in the wallet and short the ability to draft a backup guard next year.