Browns' Farmer apologizes for texts

Indianapolis, IN ( - Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer has admitted his mistakes in the texting scandal that could land the team in hot water with the NFL.

The league is investigating whether the Browns had improper communication from the front office during games, coming in the form of texts to the sideline.

Farmer, on Thursday, owned up to it.

"So everybody hears it from my mouth, it was me," Farmer said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"To that degree, I have apologized to the people in the building -- coach (Mike) Pettine, (owner) Jimmy Haslam, the rest of the football staff and everybody that was involved from our side as far as football-wise that they understand what happened.

"To that degree, it is an open investigation from the league's perspective so there's not a lot of commentaries there, but I will tell you again that I take full responsibility for myself and my actions and the things that I've learned from that is that ... there is a platform to have those conversations and have those things talked about and discussed. I misplayed that platform."

Farmer said he has spoken with Pettine about the situation and there are no issues between them.

Northeast Ohio Media Group had reported that the texts from Farmer to the sideline included ideas on play-calling and personnel.

"It's not an excuse, but emotions get the best of you sometimes," Farmer said Thursday.

The NFL could levy a fine to Farmer and could dock the Browns draft picks as penalties for the incident.