Jimmy's Take: Haslam plans to own Browns a long time

9:06 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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There has been a lot of talk today about what Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told Tony Grossi at ESPNCleveland.com Sunday.

Haslam said he has no intentions of selling the Cleveland Browns.

His company -- Pilot Flying J -- is under federal investigation for fraud, along with 18 civil lawsuits that have been filed against it. Haslam also told Grossi any rumors about him selling the franchise are false.

A spokesman for Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says Haslam has no plans to sell the franchise despite legal troubles with the company he runs.

FBI agents say transcripts of secretly recorded calls among Pilot Flying J employees reveal a scheme to defraud trucking companies of fuel rebates, and five members of the sales staff at the nation's largest diesel retailer have pleaded guilty to fraud.

Haslam has said he was unaware of the scheme. In a story published Sunday on the ESPN Cleveland website, Haslam said he intends to own the Browns "for a long time."

And in a statement issued Monday, Pilot Flying J spokesman Tom Ingram said, "We expect no change in Mr. Haslam's relationship with the NFL and/or his ownership of the Browns."

WKYC-TV/Associated Press

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