- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The chairmen of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes are taking issue with recent comments from a top MGM Resorts International official who described the tribes’ proposed joint casino venture as a “box of slots.”

Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown said Wednesday that anyone who has seen Mohegan Sun and the Mashantucket Pequots’ Foxwoods Resort Casino knows both facilities are first class. He said the statement by MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren “is just flat nonsense.”

Brown and Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots, spoke Wednesday on a WATR-AM morning radio show.

The tribes are backing a bill that would allow up to three jointly owned, smaller casinos in Connecticut. They hope to open the first one near the Massachusetts border to help compete with MGM’s planned Springfield facility.

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