Browns interviewed as the NFL investigates tanking allegations

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns have spoken with an NFL investigator who has investigated allegations from former coach Hue Jackson who said the team deliberately lost games – hesitated – in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Jackson, who now coaches at Grambling State, was fired by Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam eight games into the 2018 season with a record of 3-36-1.

In February, Jackson indicated in a series of posts on social media that the team was paying him bonuses that encouraged him to lose and that he was set up to fail. Jackson later mitigated these allegations.

The Browns went 1-15 in 2016 and 0-16 in 2017.

Spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed that the league engaged former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Mary Jo White to investigate Jackson’s allegations.

“The review is underway and is expected to be completed soon,” McCarthy said in an email to the Associated Press.

The team released a statement Monday night saying they have been working with the league on their investigation.

“Although Hue withdrew his allegations shortly after they were made, it was important for us and for the integrity of the game to have an independent review of the allegations,” said team spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste. “We welcomed an inquiry and we are confident that the results will show, as we have said before, that these allegations are categorically false.

“We have partnered with Mary Jo White and look forward to the results.”



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