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Lions decline to pursue tampering charge against Ravens over Haloti Ngata comment

The Lions have decided against complaining to the league about Steve Bisciotti's comment on Haloti Ngata.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, the Lions weren't too concerned with what owner Steve Bisciotti had to say about Haloti Ngata during Wednesday's conference call with PSL ticket holders.

Asked about Ngata, Bisciotti said there's a chance the former Ravens defensive tackle could come back to Baltimore when he's a free agent 2016. Technically, that's a violation of the NFL's tampering rules, which states teams can't talk about other players under contract. The Ravens traded Ngata to the Lions in March just before the new league year began.

As for the Lions, it's much ado about nothing from their perspective. There was no intent to persuade Ngata to come back after Bisciotti gave an honest answer on the topic. Therefore, in this statement from the Lions via the team site's Tim Twentyman, the Lions won't file charges with the league.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Statement from Lions: "The Ravens have reached out to us concerning the comments made yesterday by Steve Bisciotti regarding Haloti Ngata.</p>&mdash; Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/ttwentyman/status/583728747691376640">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;We appreciate both the Ravens’ professionalism and the context in which Mr. Bisciotti’s statements were made.</p>&mdash; Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/ttwentyman/status/583728838821023744">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;We consider the matter to be a non-issue."</p>&mdash; Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/ttwentyman/status/583728875773042688">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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