Panthers owner: City doesn't want us here

Published: Feb. 19, 2014 at 4:04 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2014 at 4:04 AM EST
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The owner of the Albany Panther says the city doesn't want the team here.

Rod Chappell says City Manger James Taylor told him last month he had until the end of February to clear up its debt with the city.
Chappell said he had the team's finances in order last Monday and planned to come to Albany to pay up and clear the way for another season in the Albany Civic Center.

But he says city leaders told him last week the team had breached their contract, and there was no way they could fix that breach.
Chappell says the entire Panther organization is hurt.

"Extremely disappointed the players are hurt, I'm hurt, my staff is hurt, it's like a marriage I would imagine," said Rod Chappell, owner.

We tried to get James Taylor's side of this, but he did not respond to us.

Chappell says there won't be a 2014 season for the Panthers and the team may be gone for good, but he is willing to work with city leaders if they change their mind.

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