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Haslam could still be indicted in Pilot Flying J scandal

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After Pilot Flying J agreed to pay nearly $100 million in fines as a result of the fuel-rebate scandal, most assumed CEO and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam would not face prosecution. After the recent indictment of eight Pilot Flying J employees (including former president Mark Hazelwood), some assumed that Haslam’s absence from the group of defendants for now translates to absence forever.

The truth, as recently explained by John Caniglia of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is that Haslam could still face charges, especially if Hazelwood strikes a plea deal that includes giving testimony against Haslam.

As Caniglia notes, an FBI affidavit from April 2013 suggested that both Hazelwood and Haslam were aware of the scheme.

The league has said that there’s no evidence Haslam violated league policy in any way. In August 2013, SportsBusiness Journal reported that, if Haslam were forced to step down, his father, Jim, would take over. New Hall of Famer Eddie DeBartolo was forced to transfer the 49ers to his sister after pleading guilty to a felony charge of failing to report an effort by former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards to extort $400,000 from DeBartolo in order to secure a casino license.

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29 Responses to “Haslam could still be indicted in Pilot Flying J scandal”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Feb 11, 2016 10:12 AM

    It amazes me that the media is just DYING for CEOs, Executives, NFL owners, to be fired or lose everything.

    But if it’s an NFL player, who is protected by a union….well then he is always portrayed as a “victim of his circumstances” where his team “didn’t do enough” to protect him from himself”.

    I hope Haslam suffers little or no consequences, JUST like NFL players get.

  2. absodefinitely says: Feb 11, 2016 10:24 AM

    I hope, for the sake of loyal Browns fans, he is forced to give up the team. I feel bad for the fans who are stuck with this guy.

  3. arnoldziffel says: Feb 11, 2016 10:27 AM

    After screwing over most of the trucking firms that had the misfortune of doing business with him – a little ‘iron bar time’ would be a good thing for Jimmy.

  4. patriotsdefense says: Feb 11, 2016 10:27 AM

    The NFL should suspend Haslam for the 2016 season.

  5. uglydingo says: Feb 11, 2016 10:29 AM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 10:12 AM

    I hope Haslam suffers little or no consequences, JUST like NFL players get.

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    Jimmy is probably shady and a total disgrace to the NFL. Poor vetting by Goodell and his team to allow him to become an owner in the first place. The Browns best chance to improve is to get a better owner who understands how to run a team.

  6. mayfieldroadboy says: Feb 11, 2016 10:52 AM

    Fire the coaches; cut the players. All the vicious mob-chants out of Cleveland are stunning. Now the fans want a new owner, as if that will drop a Lombardi trophy through the roof of the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame.

    All this has been tried over the past two decades. Maybe it’s time for new rational thinking fans.

  7. alewatcher says: Feb 11, 2016 10:56 AM

    I hope Haslam winds up in jail, or at least is forced to sell the team. This has to be one of the worst decisions in NFL history, to let a guy with serious fraud allegations become an owner.

    The NFL loves to hold players accountable, now it’s time to hold owners and the NFL itself accountable.

  8. gmille23 says: Feb 11, 2016 10:57 AM

    Even if Jimmy has to go away, the team will be either transferred to his father add the story states or more likely his wife. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that See (his wife) had been more involved with the operations of the team lately. So, to say,”the Browns need new ownership” and “it would be good for the fans to get new ownership” etc. It ain’t gonna happen. It’s going to stay in the family

  9. floratiotime says: Feb 11, 2016 11:09 AM

    A fine instead of prison … it’s great to be rich in America.

  10. feckyerlife says: Feb 11, 2016 11:10 AM

    Umm you do realize that Jimmy was a Minority of owner of the Steelers from 2008 until he bought the browns. Also NFL ownership has nothing to do with Goodell, it has to do with the 32 owners. so you you should blame your team’s owner for allowing this scumbag to come on

    uglydingo says:
    Feb 11, 2016 10:29 AM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 10:12 AM

    I hope Haslam suffers little or no consequences, JUST like NFL players get.

    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Jimmy is probably shady and a total disgrace to the NFL. Poor vetting by Goodell and his team to allow him to become an owner in the first place. The Browns best chance to improve is to get a better owner who understands how to run a team.

  11. flowrchyldofgod says: Feb 11, 2016 11:14 AM

    Oh for God’s sake! Just what do y’all want? I’ve been a Cleveland fan since I was staying out of my parents’ way watching Jim Brown and this is just getting old. It’s always something: owners, coaches, players, fans, etc, etc. The fact is there have been alot of mistakes made by owners, it’s been difficult to get coaches, the right players haven’t been there at the same time…lots of excuses but Haslam possibly being a crook is the LEAST problem the Browns have. Yes, Jimmy needs to let his new people run the show. I think he’s trying to get the right people there but from the bs on this site, the Cuyahoga is still burning! (That was about 50 years ago). Other teams have issues too, it’s just the media love to pile on Cleveland.

  12. 2since96 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:22 AM

    Jimmy is probably shady and a total disgrace to the NFL. Poor vetting by Goodell and his team to allow him to become an owner in the first place. The Browns best chance to improve is to get a better owner who understands how to run a team.
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    Exactly…you mean billionaires didnt run a background on this guy, or check references? WTF? Seems to me like an all around shady individual, and they allowed him into their league lol.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:22 AM

    Haslam stole millions and millions of dollars from his customers. Probably used some of that money to buy the Browns.

    But that’s “integrity” right Roger ?

    Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is VILE

    Goodell must go

  14. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:24 AM

    ……rich people don’t get jail……thats just a fact.

  15. justintuckrule says: Feb 11, 2016 11:26 AM

    if Haslam were forced to step down, his father, Jim, would take over.
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    Wait…what? Haslam’s father? It’s like the Seinfeld episode with all relatives in bed that are stronger than Jerry.

  16. kenrobinson12 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:28 AM

    Dont’ worry, I am sure the league will be as tough with Haslam as they were with Irsay.

  17. daringhart13 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:31 AM

    I have spent many hours at corporate headquarters ….we were a vendor for Pilot.

    Scuzzy people.

  18. steelerfan63 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:32 AM

    Is there a worse organization in Pro sports?

  19. cs-lewis says: Feb 11, 2016 11:37 AM

    just indict him and disband the browns already. Put us all out of our misery

  20. dadindebt6 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:37 AM

    jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 11:24 AM
    ……rich people don’t get jail……thats just a fact.
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    Tell that to Madoff and Martha Stewart!

  21. mmack66 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:48 AM

    jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 11:24 AM

    ……rich people don’t get jail……thats just a fact.
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    Rich people that screw not rich people generally go to jail.

  22. mmack66 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:49 AM

    steelerfan63 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 11:32 AM

    Is there a worse organization in Pro sports?
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    They’re neck and neck with the 49ers.

  23. granadafan says: Feb 11, 2016 11:55 AM

    Bring back DeBartolo!

  24. jerruhjones says: Feb 11, 2016 12:24 PM

    I can understand the contempt for Haslam, but not for the Browns and their fans.

    Some of you folks need to find another target…especially Stooler and Bungle followers.

  25. 1969mojo says: Feb 11, 2016 12:30 PM

    When you make a lot of political donations things like this tend to go away over time.

  26. tombradyisgod says: Feb 11, 2016 12:30 PM

    Protect the shield roger. 345 Park Ave

  27. oldcracker says: Feb 11, 2016 1:19 PM

    We should be so lucky.

    – Browns fan of nearly 70 yrs.

  28. ggggggggggmen says: Feb 11, 2016 1:40 PM

    why hasnt he been suspended yet?
    integrity only counts when your not an owner or commish of the sport

  29. seldom1 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:13 PM

    Tabloid journalism.

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