On Wednesday, Pinney told CBS News in an email he had confused Floyd with someone else: “There has been a mix up between George and another fellow co-worker,” he wrote.
The club’s former owner, Maya Santamaria, had connected Pinney with CBS News. “She specifically said she was unable to give detail information about George because she did not have a close relationship with him as I did,” Pinney said in the email. He said that led to his mistake.
“I apologize for not doing my due diligence and placing you in a very uncomfortable situation,” he wrote.
Pinney had also described Chauvin as “extremely aggressive within the club,” a characterization he stands by.