CLEVELAND – An NFL spokesperson says there is no “plan in place” if Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is indicted as a result of the criminal investigation into his company Pilot Flying J.
Several news outlets reported Monday there is a contingency plan in place if Haslam is indicted.
Investigator Sarah Buduson reached out to the NFL. Spoksperson Brian McCarthy sent a statement saying “There is no such plan in place.”
NewsChannel5 investigators also reached out to Jimmy Haslam. Pilot Flying J spokesman Tom Ingram sent us this statement:
“We are staying in close contact with the NFL during the investigation. We expect no change in Mr. Haslam’s relationship with the NFL and/or his ownership of the Browns. Any other statement is unfounded media guessing.”
Pilot Flying J is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly cheating trucking companies out of discounts and rebates.
Five employees have pleaded guilty to charges related to the rebate scandal. There have been more than one dozen lawsuits filed against Pilot Flying J by trucking companies who say they were cheated out of money.
Haslam has said he knew nothing about the alleged fraud.