Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner said Friday he is discussing a possible investment in the team by truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam.
''In connection with current rumors and press inquiries, I can report that I've been approached by Mr. Jimmy Haslam, who is interested in making an investment in the Cleveland Browns. We are currently in negotiations and both sides have agreed to keep that dialogue and its details private,'' Lerner said in a statement.
''Given that any transaction would require League approval, care has been taken so that this process will not be disruptive to the organization, in particular the football team, as it prepares for the upcoming season. We will share further details or make an announcement if it becomes necessary.''
In June, Browns president Mike Holmgren reiterated the Browns were not for sale, responding to a rumor that Lerner had the team on the market.
''No, the Browns are not for sale,'' he said. ''I talk to Randy all the time, and I assume he'd...