CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
Browns general manager Ray Farmer will be suspended for texting personnel on the sidelines during several games last season, but the team is not expected to lose a draft pick this year.
Farmer has admitted to violating the league’s electronic device policy by texting.
In addition to Farmer’s suspension, the team was fined $250,000. The league’s discipline was handed down late Monday morning.
Statement by NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent:
The use of a cell phone on multiple occasions during games in 2014 by Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer was a violation of NFL rules that prohibit certain uses of electronic devices during games. Based on these violations, the Browns have been fined $250,000 and Ray Farmer will be suspended without pay for the first four regular-season games of the 2015 season. The suspension will start on midnight of the Sunday preceding the Browns’ first regular-season game and will end immediately after the Browns’ fourth regular-season game. During the period of the suspension, Farmer cannot be involved in any club matters and is prohibited from being at the Browns’ offices, practice facility, or at Browns games.
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