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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.

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35 Responses to “FBI present at Pilot Flying J headquarters”
  1. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 4:10 PM

    Uh oh. Poor Browns…

    God hates Cleveland.

  2. snowboardinganteater says: Apr 15, 2013 4:12 PM

    Rut-Row!!!

  3. mactimo says: Apr 15, 2013 4:15 PM

    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).

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 15, 2013 4:15 PM

    Not long ago no one would have given a Flying J about this.

  5. trollaikman8 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:16 PM

    $5 says it’s a Bilichick surveillance drone.

  6. kwjsb says: Apr 15, 2013 4:16 PM

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

  7. cclautti says: Apr 15, 2013 4:18 PM

    as a browns fan, this doesn’t surprise me at all, fml

  8. jikkle49 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:26 PM

    Government owned Cleveland Browns here we come :)

  9. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 4:26 PM

    This has to be a reason he returned to his role there

  10. brownspower says: Apr 15, 2013 4:29 PM

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

  11. brownoholic says: Apr 15, 2013 4:29 PM

    Jimmy’s brother is the governor of the state. Have no idea if that’s even worth mentioning.

    Please just don’t effect the Browns…

  12. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    Last time I checked, poor drafting was not a Federal offense

  13. theuncletodd says: Apr 15, 2013 4:31 PM

    I hope the words ‘cooked’ and ‘books’ aren’t in the same sentence

  14. icematrix69 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    He’s probably gonna get indicted for making illicit football decisions! Hell, he did, after all, but the Browns ;)

  15. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    It could be about the browns if he acquired illegal funds to purchase the team.

  16. macwomack says: Apr 15, 2013 4:41 PM

    May be there is dawg fighting in the dawg pound.

  17. rajbais says: Apr 15, 2013 4:41 PM

    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????

  18. vincentbojackson says: Apr 15, 2013 4:46 PM

    Fair bet they won’t find any Lombardi trophies.

  19. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 15, 2013 4:51 PM

    With the first pick in the 2015 draft, the Los Angeles Browns select…

  20. thesteelers says: Apr 15, 2013 4:51 PM

    Sucking at football is not a crime!

  21. deanok says: Apr 15, 2013 4:52 PM

    I thought the flying j was a truck stop not a circus event.

  22. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 4:53 PM

    I think Eddie doesnt want back in

  23. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 15, 2013 4:58 PM

    I wouldn’t worry about the local cops, but FBI? Tain’t good. The FBI doesn’t show up to give good citizen awards…

  24. noburghfan says: Apr 15, 2013 5:07 PM

    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.

  25. mogogo1 says: Apr 15, 2013 5:22 PM

    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.

  26. pmars64 says: Apr 15, 2013 5:39 PM

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

  27. mizzousooner says: Apr 15, 2013 5:42 PM

    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!

  28. ytownjoe says: Apr 15, 2013 5:49 PM

    Hiring Joe Banner and Lombardi demands a Federal investigation.

  29. bigwinintx says: Apr 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    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!

  30. thefiesty1 says: Apr 15, 2013 6:22 PM

    So that’ll be the Browns excuse this year. Nothing new out of Cleveland.

  31. charger383 says: Apr 15, 2013 8:31 PM

    This is not about lot lizards at the Flying Fishook, something big is up

  32. jsalter1989 says: Apr 15, 2013 8:31 PM

    “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?

  33. brownsclown says: Apr 15, 2013 10:33 PM

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

  34. swagger52 says: Apr 16, 2013 12:14 AM

    We need a Government takeover of the Cleveland Browns…starting with the guys who gave Paul Kruger $8M. I would start there.

  35. cherrybop says: Apr 16, 2013 1:27 AM

    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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