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Goodell supports Haslam
August 1, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed support for Browns owner Jimmy Haslam in his legal problems at Pilot Flying J.
Speaking briefly to reporters at the Browns' practice facility Thursday, Goodell said he asked Haslam if he was involved in a scheme to bilk millions of dollar out of trucking customers that were expecting rebates.
“He’s been very clear that he has no knowledge,” Goodell said. “He’s made that clear publicly and he’s made it clear with you all.”
Haslam watched the practice but wasn't near Goodell during the press conference. He's missed several practices, probably to deal with legal issues in which seven Pilot Flying J employees have pleased guilty to crimes.
The NFL has stood back while the investigation continues to play out.
“This is an issue where he’s had some people in his organization that have not conducted themselves in a way that is capitulant to the way he wants,” Goodell said. “He’s fixing it, and he has to do that. Those things happen in big organizations. Jimmy is more disappointed than anybody. I don’t think it’s a matter for us at this moment.”
The investigation by the FBI could take more strange turns. Haslam is confident he won't be indicted.
"We're not going to play the hypothetical game," Goodell said. "Right now we'r confident he's going to deal with it properly."
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