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08:11 AM ET 04.19 | With the NFL's schedule announcement, fans in Cleveland learned that the Browns will open the season at home on Sept. 8 against Dolphins, but there was more franchise news Thursday. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, documents filed in court on Thursday allege that Pilot Flying J engaged in fraud aimed at keeping money owed as rebates for "many years." ... It's also fair to wonder how this will play out. Eddie DeBartolo lost ownership of the 49ers after pleading guilty to failing to report an extortion attempt in Louisiana, which triggered a one-year suspension by the NFL. If [Jimmy Haslam] ultimately pleads guilty to or is convicted of any crime, the Browns could once again be changing hands.

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Brandon Weeden, Icon Sports Brandon Weeden, Icon Sports
April 19, 2013  08:13 AM ET

This is so Browns. Again, the light at the end of the tunnel is a train.

April 19, 2013  08:42 AM ET

I'm not sure which is the bigger fraud - Haslam or the Cleveland Browns.

April 19, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm not sure which is the bigger fraud - Haslam or the Cleveland Browns.

we Tennesseans vote for Haslam........especially the govenor brother...........

April 19, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

we Tennesseans vote for Haslam........especially the govenor brother...........

It is a family affair. But like DeBartolo when convicted, the 49ers were just passed to another family member.

As the Browns owner, he can always plead ignorance.

April 19, 2013  09:45 AM ET

When it rains it F'N pours for Browns fans!

What's really sad is that none of this really bothers us fans anymore as we've become addicted to losing. Maybe A&E can do an episode of Intervention for the team and it's fans!

April 19, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It is a family affair. But like DeBartolo when convicted, the 49ers were just passed to another family member.As the Browns owner, he can always plead ignorance.

Having bought the Browns, there would a precedent already in place.

April 19, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Where else could this have happened, I ask you? The Feds have been looking at this for a long time apparently and will probably have Haslam by the kahonas before long. Anyone want to buy a football team?

April 19, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Where else could this have happened, I ask you? The Feds have been looking at this for a long time apparently and will probably have Haslam by the kahonas before long. Anyone want to buy a football team?

The Browns? I thought you said a football team.

April 19, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Where else could this have happened, I ask you? The Feds have been looking at this for a long time apparently and will probably have Haslam by the kahonas before long. Anyone want to buy a football team?

You have to wonder what sort of vetting process the NFL followed to allow this guy to buy the team in the first place. None of these charges sound like they just showed up. Or was there a 'hey, it's Cleveland, nobody cares' sort of thing going on?

Cleveland fans, you deserve better.

April 19, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Haslam's ownership in jeopardy

I'll take "Sentences" for 5-10, Alex.

April 19, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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As the Browns owner, he can always plead ignorance.

Now *that* is how you make a subtle; yet hilarious, comment.

Well played 50, well played indeed.

April 19, 2013  12:13 PM ET

So is this why Haslam recently returned to the Flying J as CEO to try to "right" the ship? He previously stepped down when he bought the Browns.

 
April 19, 2013  01:03 PM ET
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This is so Browns. Again, the light at the end of the tunnel is a train.

:D

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