Amid the FBI investigating his company, Pilot Flying J for fraud, and it's huge debt to creditors, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says there's no chance he's selling the team.
"Absolutely not," Haslam told Tony Grossi ESPNCleveland.com. "We plan on owning the Browns for a long time.”
“Since October, we put together a completely new front office, hired a new head head coach with two really good coordinators, sold naming rights to the stadium, and went through free agency and the draft,” Haslam, who seemed irritated by the suggestions that he'd sell the team, said.
“We’ve spent $5 million remodeling (team headquarters in) Berea. And we’re working on an upwards of $100 million remodeling of the stadium. We’ve been very committed to turning this franchise around.”
Per Grossi: ' Five Pilot employees have been charged with crimes and three have accepted plea deals in which they agreed to help in the federal investigation. Haslam has denied any knowledge of the scheme and has pledged to repay with interest any company that was shorted. Still, 18 trucking companies have filed suit against Pilot Flying J. Haslam declined to talk about any part of the investigation. To emphasize that he has no plans to sell the Browns, he cited the investment he has committed to the franchise since the April 15 FBI raid. '