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Jimmy Haslam: Pilot Flying J has done nothing wrong

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Haslam plans to return to Cleveland later this week. (AP)
Jimmy Haslam plans to return to Cleveland later this week. (AP)

On Monday, the FBI in Knoxville, Tenn., raided the Pilot Flying J headquarters, where new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is the CEO, and executed four search warrants that also involved the IRS.

On Tuesday, Haslam said he has done nothing wrong and the last thing he wants to do is place a blemish on the Browns. He told reporters, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that the company is being probed because a small group of trucking customers hadn't received certain rebates that they believe were due them. Haslam said the company believes it does not owe any rebates.

As for why the IRS was involved, Haslam said he wasn't sure and that he didn't believe there were any tax implications involved. Haslam was not subpoenaed by federal authorities, though several of his sales employees were.

More from the Plain Dealer:

In a statement released before the press conference, Pilot Flying J provided reporters with a series of questions and answers about the investigation. The statement offered little new information, but it did raise the issue of whether the investigation is politically motivated.

The answer was: "That's not for us to say.”

Haslam's brother, Bill, is the governor of Tennessee.

Haslam also said he plans to be in Cleveland later this week to help begin planning for the upcoming NFL Draft.

 
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