The Browns have spoken to an NFL investigator wanting into claims by the group’s former head coach, Hue Jackson, who mentioned Cleveland deliberately misplaced video games within the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Jackson, now teaching at Grambling State, was fired by Browns homeowners Dee and Jimmy Haslam eight video games into the 2018 season with a 3-36-1 document. In February, Jackson indicated in a sequence of posts on social media that the group paid him bonuses incentivizing him to lose and that he was set as much as fail. Jackson later softened these claims. The Browns went 1-15 in 2016 and 0-16 in 2017. The poor run allowed the group to safe the No 1 total decide within the 2017 and 2018 drafts, which they used to pick out star faculty gamers Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the league engaged former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White to look into Jackson’s allegations. “The review is ongoing and is expected to conclude soon,” McCarthy mentioned in an e-mail.
The group launched a press release on Monday evening, saying it has labored with the league on its inquiry.
“Even though Hue recanted his allegations a short time after they were made, it was important to us and to the integrity of the game to have an independent review of the allegations,” group spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste mentioned. “We welcomed an investigation and we are confident the results will show, as we’ve previously stated, that these allegations are categorically false. We have cooperated with Mary Jo White and look forward to the findings.”