FBI present at Pilot Flying J headquarters

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A year ago, the presence of FBI and other police at the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J in Knoxville would have drawn little notice beyond Tennessee.

Now that the CEO of the company, Jimmy Haslam, owns the Browns, it’s getting some attention.

According to WBIR-TV, FBI agents and Knoxville police officers are at the company’s headquarters.  A reason for the presence of law-enforcement authorities hasn’t been given, and a WBIR-TV crew was asked to leave the premises.

Haslam, the son of founder Jim Haslam, returned to the company as CEO in February.

35 responses to “FBI present at Pilot Flying J headquarters

  1. They may be investigating grand larceny (stealing all ticket holder’s money from last season) and fraud (keeping holmgren and shurmur on board last season).

  2. Jimmy has inherited fraud charges from the previous regimes, for charging fans for NFL football and giving us crap instead.

  3. This doesn’t have anything to do with the Browns. If it did they’d be in Berea, OH at their headquarters.

  4. And why will the Oakland Raiders be denied a move to L.A. If they choose to move there?????

    Not even Haslam’s newest front office employee (and ex-Raider executive) Mike Lombardi can answer that!!!

    Also, why is Eddie DeBartolo not wanted as an owner????

  5. The following statement from Pilot Flying J was released this afteroon:

    “As of the afternoon of April 15, FBI officials have sequestered the Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville.

    “At this time, we do not know the nature of the situation. Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities.

    “Pilot Food Marts, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas remain open and continue to serve the public.

    “Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully.”

    The Beacon Journal left multiple messages for a Browns spokesman who was not immediately available.

  6. That “return as CEO” is looking like a huge mistake now. It’d still have been a PR nightmare regardless, but to have this happen while he’s currently the guy in charge is about as bad as it gets short of them leading him away in handcuffs.

  7. Can you say: New owner & new front office soon – AGAIN? Lombardi is already begging for a new job.

  8. Geeze. We do the RV thing every summer and do a fair amount of business with Flying J buying diesel for the RV.

    Yeah, I know, completely meaningless, but it’s all I had.

    Go Chiefs!

    If this post gets deleted I’ll know someone is a complete DICK!

  9. It’s never good when any of three letter boys {FBI, IRS, CIA, DHS} come knocking.

    They never come half handed either, when these guys show up, it ain’t on a whim!

  10. “Haslam stepped down as company CEO after buying the Browns for $1.05 billion in August. Haslam personally recruited John Compton, a family friend, native of Tennessee and former president of PepsiCo., to take over as CEO. That transfer was announced on Sept. 11.

    But just five months later, Haslam reversed himself and announced he would return as CEO of Pilot Flying J, which he termed his “first love.” Compton was reassigned as strategic advisor for Pilot, the Browns and the Haslam family.”

    So Haslam appointed a new CEO for 5 months then returned to replace him. 2 months later the feds are serving a search warrant? The new CEO was appointed on 9/11 and the feds show up on the day of the next terror attack (Patriots Day)? Coincidence?

  11. Hiring Joe Banner and Mike Lombardturd was a crime; maybe Barack is a ‘closet’ fan of the Browns!

  12. Maybe the IRS will take the Browns from ol’ Jimmy due to unpaid taxes. They could put the IRS logo on their helmets.

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