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07:00 AM ET 07.08 | For fans in Cleveland who are wondering, Jimmy Haslam insists he isn't selling. As he wades through the legal process of defending his Pilot Flying J corporation through a federal investigation and at least 18 civil lawsuits, [Haslam] said in an exclusive interview with ESPN Cleveland that he has no intention of selling the Browns. Asked if he could envision any scenario in which that would change, Haslam said, "Absolutely not. We plan on owning the Browns for a long time." Rumors of a possible sale intensified recently after a Wall Street Journal article reported Pilot Flying J, the truck stop and diesel fuel company founded by Haslam's father and now run by Haslam, had nearly doubled its debt to $4 billion.

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July 8, 2013  07:45 AM ET

Hmmm..I don't think he necessarily has a final say in the matter. No doubt the Commish has had many sleepless nights with so much off field b.s. going on since the season ended.

July 8, 2013  08:02 AM ET
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Hmmm..I don't think he necessarily has a final say in the matter. No doubt the Commish has had many sleepless nights with so much off field b.s. going on since the season ended.

Somehow, I can't envision the Ginger Dictator losing sleep over anything.

Even if he completely misses the dart board he uses to determine fines and suspensions, he can always just try again.

July 8, 2013  08:10 AM ET

I think he may have to sell, as the Flying J issue is swelling. I don't think Roger will be the cause - maybe his brother - "We were fine til you bought that GD football team!!!!!!"

July 8, 2013  08:14 AM ET

He doesn't want to sell - he wants to pass the team down to his son, Udonis.

July 8, 2013  08:26 AM ET

It goes to show what a cash cow an NFL Franchise really is. THe guy is $4 Billion in debt, but his creditors won't touch him because they know they can rely on that NFL income, which will go up even more the next time the NFL gets a new TV contract.

July 8, 2013  08:37 AM ET

I don't believe I could get out of bed in the morning knowing I was $4 billion in debt.

July 8, 2013  08:47 AM ET

His Dad would be so proud.

July 8, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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I don't believe I could get out of bed in the morning knowing I was $4 billion in debt.

His company may be $4M in debt, but I'm sure all his personal assets are secure.

July 8, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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His company may be $4M in debt, but I'm sure all his personal assets are secure.

Or moved offshore just in case.....

July 8, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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I don't believe I could get out of bed in the morning knowing I was $4 billion in debt.

No problem. Have the servants bring you breakfast.

The country goes another 4 billion in debt every day. No big deal.

July 8, 2013  09:10 AM ET

The league may want to review it's vetting process of prospective owners. This story did not just happen.

July 8, 2013  09:18 AM ET

If he was a player they would suspend him 4 Games!!!

July 8, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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If he was a player they would suspend him 4 Games!!!

The songbirds have sung that he was in the room and knew all about the scams being played. Four games might turn in to four years.

July 8, 2013  09:45 AM ET

4 billion? Hey, it's only money.

There do seem to be a number of loyal employees willing to fall on their swords (and then probably roll over on Jimmy).

July 8, 2013  10:17 AM ET

So what, he has a huge company with a debt of $4 Billion. Did it say how much his income stream for Flying J is? Did the article say that he is behind in paying his creditors? No. I didn't read any of that. Business owners do this all the time, maybe not to the extent of an additional $2 Billion, but it happens all the time. When I start to hear about Flying J going under/bankrupt or being behind on payments to their creditors, then there is an issue. Until then, this story means nothing.

July 8, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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The league may want to review it's vetting process of prospective owners. This story did not just happen.

They fast-tracked his bid. He had good credentials and ties to Southern politics.

July 8, 2013  10:23 AM ET

He'll sell the business before he sells the team. Since a large part of why the company's in debt was him taking a cool billion for himself, Haslam doesn't have much reason to stick around now.

July 8, 2013  10:30 AM ET

Yo Jimmy - that restroom in Waco stunk to high holy hell last Thursday morning!

If you wish for my continued support, I recommend resolving this issue ASAP.

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