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.

46 responses to “NFL investigators have visited Browns over in-game texting

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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….

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. “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.

  14. 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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