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NFL investigators have visited Browns over in-game texting


The investigation involving the Patriots and deflated footballs isn’t the only game-integrity probe currently happening in the NFL. The league also is exploring whether texts were received or sent by members of the Browns’ coaching staff during games.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, coach Mike Pettine has acknowledged that the league paid the Browns a visit.

“The investigators came in here, I spoke with them,” Pettine said. “When that’s resolved, I’ll be in a better situation to speak on it.”

Earlier this month, the Plain Dealer reported that former Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had concerns about the fact that “a high-ranking personnel member texted from the press box to the sidelines about play calls.”  PFT flagged the issue as a potential violation of the NFL’s electronic devices rule, others began to ask the NFL about it, and an investigation was launched.

“Obviously I’m aware of it. I do know that’s an ongoing league investigation.  At this time I’d prefer not to talk about it.”

Eventually, the league will be saying something about it.  And the Browns will be saying something, too.  Presumably not by sending texts from the sideline during a game.

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46 Responses to “NFL investigators have visited Browns over in-game texting”
  1. chuckshontaspads says: Jan 22, 2015 8:19 PM

    And nobody cares it’s the Browns

  2. vincentbojackson says: Jan 22, 2015 8:21 PM

    The league should strip the Browns of all their Super Bowl trophies.

  3. bonnovi says: Jan 22, 2015 8:21 PM

    As long as they didn’t deflate game balls!

  4. ftblfan9 says: Jan 22, 2015 8:22 PM

    Harbaugh must have whined about it.

  5. theuncletodd says: Jan 22, 2015 8:23 PM

    Pettine is smooth

  6. mrlaloosh says: Jan 22, 2015 8:24 PM

    The Browns should be allowed to cheat whenever they want. Still won’t win. They’re the Browns.

  7. seatownballers says: Jan 22, 2015 8:25 PM

    Yea, cause that helped them win. More like distracted. Probably texting each other asking about the value of manziel via trade.

  8. joker65 says: Jan 22, 2015 8:27 PM

    Fire the coach and suspend all the players for 100 years!

  9. giants89 says: Jan 22, 2015 8:29 PM

    This is just an attempt by the Browns to lure Belichick back to Cleveland.

  10. putinstolemyring says: Jan 22, 2015 8:31 PM

    If the Patriots did this they’d be hung out to dry. Double standard anyone?

  11. NFL = WWE says: Jan 22, 2015 8:33 PM

    but refuse to do with Pats, because they are the cash cow..
    typical NFL

  12. madenatewell says: Jan 22, 2015 8:33 PM

    They could have sent smoke signals and still wouldn’t have made it to the playoffs

  13. oslograss says: Jan 22, 2015 8:35 PM

    This week on CSI NFL…

  14. edgarpoe3 says: Jan 22, 2015 8:37 PM

    At least in this investigation the NFL has interviewed the people that were in the center of it.

  15. rowdymon says: Jan 22, 2015 8:50 PM

    While there maybe they should ask Hoyer about his time in New England learning under Brady…

  16. thelastwordyaheard says: Jan 22, 2015 8:54 PM

    CHEATERS!!! disband the franchise!!! ..bring out the firing squad!!

  17. Deb says: Jan 22, 2015 8:54 PM

    God bless the Browns. Were the texting for takeout?

  18. upperdecker19 says: Jan 22, 2015 9:03 PM

    As long as they’re not receiving photo texts from Favre, this should go well for them.

  19. mybrunoblog says: Jan 22, 2015 9:08 PM

    The Browns haven’t won a championship since 1964. Geez, I almost pity them. Let them text. Nobody cares.

  20. dbo2020 says: Jan 22, 2015 9:17 PM

    At least the Patriots are able to win when they cheat.

  21. deanvernonwormer says: Jan 22, 2015 9:20 PM

    Pettine was like the Browns 48th choice to be head coach.

  22. timmytoad says: Jan 22, 2015 9:23 PM

    Jimmy was simply sharing drink recipes with Johnny.

  23. bert1913 says: Jan 22, 2015 9:50 PM

    NFL will be watching Santa Clara next year for this

  24. seattlesue427 says: Jan 22, 2015 9:50 PM

    Wow! Talk about trying to create a diversion! How transparent of the NFL to try to divert the attention from their beloved Pats.

  25. jeremycrowhurst says: Jan 22, 2015 10:17 PM

    Enough is enough. The Browns should have to forfeit their right to play in the Super a bowl this year.

  26. revren10 says: Jan 22, 2015 10:34 PM

    The Browns should be fined 1 million dollar lose their first and second round pick and coaches all suspended for at least four games for breaking the rules

  27. deacon85 says: Jan 22, 2015 10:52 PM

    giants89 says:
    Jan 22, 2015 8:29 PM
    This is just an attempt by the Browns to lure Belichick back to Cleveland.

    I’m a Patriot loyalist all the way, but I have to say that comment was the funniest thing I’ve read all day.

  28. freddsox says: Jan 23, 2015 12:04 AM

    If a Haslem lackey wants to text play calls I’m sure the other team will pick up any overage charges

  29. bbk1000 says: Jan 23, 2015 12:38 AM

    In game texting….really?

    Between this, the no going to the ground after a touchdown, the no wearing gold shoes, the no wearing Beats, the no taunting, the no excessive celebration, the no smoking weed, under inflated balls….

    They can’t even manage their own house and they are worried about this garbage…..gimme a break…..

    The NFL has got to learn about something called priorities….

  30. patfan77 says: Jan 23, 2015 12:59 AM

    OMG. More drama. But they suck and don’t beat everyone so no one will care

  31. chris6523 says: Jan 23, 2015 1:11 AM

    Some day, Mike Pettine might be known for something other than looking like that one guy on Storage Wars.

  32. crappygovernment says: Jan 23, 2015 1:16 AM

    Pettine = another Tebow backstabber having a tough week

  33. lflib69 says: Jan 23, 2015 3:39 AM

    mybrunoblog says: Jan 22, 2015 9:08 PM

    The Browns haven’t won a championship since 1964. Geez, I almost pity them. Let them text. Nobody cares.

    And this says it all…..if it were the Pats all he** would break lose…everyone would be calling for BB and TB’s head…but it’s just the Browns “Nobody cares”. SMDH

  34. nonchalant25 says: Jan 23, 2015 3:42 AM

    Lol at all the people downvoting comments made about comparisons to patriots. It’s pretty much exactly the same. Stupid rule. But rule broken nonetheless. How is it any different. This one will be just a small blip on the radar though. There’ll be no news conferences. Today show won’t talk about it. Straight up shows how people are just pats haters. Haha.

  35. flash1287 says: Jan 23, 2015 4:48 AM

    Again more proof of the double standard/jealousy when it come to the Patriots!

    Article about some balls low on air gets over 300 comments over night this maybe be worse and it gets 27 comments over night.

    But it’s the Browns so nobody cares because they are not a good team.

  36. patsfan112 says: Jan 23, 2015 6:47 AM

    Stop the presses! The Browns were cheating! When is their presser? They deserve to forfeit every game next season! They deserve to have draft picks taken and suspend the quarterback and coach! I mean cheating is cheating after all, right? All cheaters deserve the same punishment!

  37. monarch76 says: Jan 23, 2015 7:45 AM

    Nfl will investigate this, but hasn’t talked to Tom Brady! It is time boycott the Super Bowl! Nfl allows cheating. Who thinks the pats don’t cheat every game?

  38. kev86 says: Jan 23, 2015 7:57 AM

    My 4 yr old calls the browns the poops team.

  39. wydok says: Jan 23, 2015 8:14 AM

    This is as bad as what the Patriots did, and the hammer should be just as heavy.

    However, they aren’t in the Super Bowl, so there’s less media attention.

  40. clesportsfan says: Jan 23, 2015 8:46 AM


  41. bstngrdn says: Jan 23, 2015 9:54 AM

    But this the same “investigatory” entity that couldn’t get a copy (or didn’t think it important enough to ask) of the film in the Ray Rice incident before coming to a conclusion about what to do? I wonder why they have no credibility anywhere?

  42. dcsportsmatter says: Jan 23, 2015 11:02 AM

    If texting in-game between sideline and front office personnel in the owners or coaching boxes is deemed against the rules/illegal. Then why is it that the teams, players and coaches on the sideline, in-game, are now sporting Microsoft Surface tablets??

    You mean to tell me those tablets are not capable of sending receiving messages, email, chats, or otherwise? Pictures?

    They’re receiving video from NFL cameras. They’re looking over replays for the most part, sure.

    But how do we know what they’re looking at is clean of any rule violations.

  43. weepingjebus says: Jan 23, 2015 11:24 AM

    Being a “high ranking” member of the Browns is like being an Admiral in the Swiss Navy.

  44. hairpie2 says: Jan 23, 2015 11:25 AM

    This is worst the taping for sure, certainly can be used in game, unlike taping.

  45. granadafan says: Jan 23, 2015 12:02 PM

    “Earlier this month, the Plain Dealer reported that former Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had concerns about the fact that “a high-ranking personnel member texted from the press box to the sidelines about play calls.”

    Hmm, it was a high-ranking personnel member? When did the homeless guy got a ticket to the press box AND a cell phone? Haslam’s a generous guy.

  46. hawker8419 says: Jan 25, 2015 3:58 PM

    Seattlesue427, really you think they created this as a diversion to take away attention from patriots? Perfect example of how illogical patriot haters can be! Thanks, I have not had a good hearty laugh for a while

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