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Jimmy Haslam will not step down amid scandal

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12:39 PM ET 04.20 | Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stood by his embattled Pilot Flying J truck stop company during a Friday press conference at the company's headquarters in Knoxville. He told a group of assembled reporters that he would not be stepping down as the company's president and defended its reputation in the face of an FBI and IRS investigation for fraud. "Somebody asked me today if I would step down as president,'' Haslam said. "I thought to myself, 'Why would I do that?' Candidly, I haven't done anything wrong.'' Haslam's statement Friday came less than 24 hours after federal investigators released the 120-page affidavit used to obtain search warrants for a search of the company headquarters on Monday. The affidavits allege that sales personnel with Haslam's company bilked millions from its corporate customers by withholding fuel rebates and discounts. Pilot allegedly added to its profit margins and individual sales commissions to the tune of millions of dollars through the practice. The Pilot president denied those charges and vouched for the integrity of his family business.

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April 20, 2013  01:46 PM ET

Why step down? All 32 owners plus Baddell are criminals, too.

April 20, 2013  01:53 PM ET
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Feds seize your business, no big deal, right?

"Nah, It ain't no big deal. They just took the books and records. We'll just make us another set and keep on trucking..if you get my drift."

April 20, 2013  02:09 PM ET

"I thought to myself, 'Why would I do that?' Candidly, I haven't done anything wrong.'' Haslam's statement

This guy is a joke. Typical Silver Spooner. "I haven't done anything wrong, waaa waaa". Hundreds of FBI and IRS folks on site usually suggests otherwise.

If he were a leader, he would have said something like - I'll get to the bottom of the disagreement, take corrective action if necessary, and work with the different agencies to find out where we are in conflict with policy.

Cleveland deserves a leader, this is a bad omen.

April 20, 2013  03:42 PM ET
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Feds seize your business, no big deal, right?

Crook A stealing from crook B. Only a big deal if one of them is signing your paycheck.

 
April 20, 2013  08:29 PM ET

If he his indighted by the Government, The League will do what it has to do! It's not in his hands yet!

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