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NFL: No plans to ask Browns owner to step down

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10:06 AM ET 04.20 | The NFL has no plan to ask Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to remove himself from operational control of the franchise while the FBI investigates his company's alleged fraud scheme, a league spokesman told The Plain Dealer on Friday. The response from league spokesman Greg Aiello came in reaction to a report on espncleveland.com, quoting an anonymous source, that the NFL might ask Haslam to step aside. The report suggested that Haslam might be required to stay away from the team's headquarters during the proceedings. According to documents filed in federal court Thursday, Pilot Flying J engaged in a fraud for "many years" by keeping millions of dollars owed to customers in gas rebates. It also states Haslam knew the company was shortchanging the clients.

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April 20, 2013  10:19 AM ET

"Shortchanging the clients?"

How about shortchanging the fans for all these years?

April 20, 2013  10:23 AM ET

The real 'Browns' are in Baltimore. It must really hurt Cleveland fans to see their former team win not one but two Super Bowls in the past few years.

April 20, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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The real 'Browns' are in Baltimore. It must really hurt Cleveland fans to see their former team win not one but two Super Bowls in the past few years.

Sheesh let it go. When we change to Daylight savings time do you go around saying the clock says its 9 but it's really 8 ?

April 20, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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Sheesh let it go. When we change to Daylight savings time do you go around saying the clock says its 9 but it's really 8 ?

Well... what if he does!

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April 20, 2013  12:47 PM ET

You gotta love the word "Alleged". Alleged crook, alleged criminal, alleged thief. The only thing left to see is how well the sharks can spin it to maintain the illusion of respectability. Judging from the respectability of Choirboy and the rest of the league owners, that shouldn't require much.
Move on to the next non-story. A corrupt corporation in the U.S. won't even raise an eyebrow. Even better, drum the fool out and sell the Browns to which ever Cartel wins the "Mexican Drug Wars". I'm pretty sure the League's integrity could only get better.

April 20, 2013  12:50 PM ET

There's an ESPNCleveland?

April 20, 2013  02:19 PM ET

How to become a millionaire....

Be a billionaire and get caught screwing the government.

April 20, 2013  03:16 PM ET
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There's an ESPNCleveland?

I think there's an ESPNWaco too...




Honestly.

April 20, 2013  08:00 PM ET

Thankyou NFL for not knee jerk reacting to another "Source" claimed "Alleged" misconduct. As a fan, im weary of hearing all these allegation on the front page and all the retractions on the back page.

 
April 20, 2013  08:35 PM ET

Step Down? Why we haven't stepped up Yet!!!

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