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Fowler Reissues Biography After Inaccuracies Are Found

Thursday, February 17, 2005; Page D02

Representatives of would-be Minnesota Vikings owner Reggie Fowler reissued biographical information about him yesterday after the Minneapolis Star Tribune questioned the accuracy of the version distributed to reporters Monday.

Fowler's public relations firm issued a new fact sheet on Fowler that is without a reference in the previous biography to him playing in the Little League World Series. The revised version has Fowler attending training camp with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals but never playing for them and that his degree from the University of Wyoming is in social work.


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The Star Tribune reported that Little League officials said they had no record of Fowler playing in the World Series, although the biography issued to reporters on Monday -- when Fowler and current owner Red McCombs announced McCombs had agreed to sell the Vikings to Fowler -- said that he had. The newspaper reported there was no record of Fowler playing for the Bengals or the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders, even though Fowler's original biography said he had played for both. Fowler told the Star Tribune yesterday that he attended training camps with the Bengals and Stampeders but never made either team's roster. He said he had played in a Little League all-star game in the Tucson area but never in the World Series.

The Star Tribune reported the original biography wrongly implied Fowler's degree from Wyoming was in business administration and finance. The revised biography says Fowler's degree is in social work, but he had an emphasis in study in business and finance. Fowler told the newspaper he had not reviewed the information -- reportedly given to his PR firm in the Twin Cities by his Chandler, Ariz.-based company, Spiral, Inc. -- before it was released.

Fowler would become the first black majority owner of an NFL franchise if his approximately $625 million deal with McCombs is approved by at least 24 of the league's 32 team owners.

-- Mark Maske

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