Haslam has no plans to step away from the Browns
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family's business - and NFL team - amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company.
Haslam said Friday he has no plans to step aside as president of Pilot Flying J despite federal authorities alleging he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain. According to court documents, sales team members said Haslam was aware that employees withheld diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost the company's profits and sales commissions.
After spending one day at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, Haslam returned to Tennessee to profess his innocence and make it clear he wasn't stepping down during the probe.
"I thought to myself, "Well, why would I do that?' Candidly, I haven't done anything wrong, No. 1," Haslam said at Pilot's headquarters in Knoxville. "No. 2, if there's ever a time the company needs our leadership, it's right now."
Haslam did not address the Browns while talking to reporters. He also refused to answer questions after making his remarks, which were distributed to the media afterward.
But later, during an appearance at the University of Tennessee, Haslam told AP his role with the Browns would remain the same.
Earlier, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had no plans to ask Haslam to step aside while the FBI investigates his involvement in the alleged scheme.
Aiello said in an email that the league is not concerned about the daily operations of the Browns and that "there are no such plans" to have Haslam remove himself temporarily from the team.
Sanchez suggests that Jets fueled the Tebow frenzy
Mark Sanchez suggests the media frenzy that accompanied Tim Tebow's presence with the New York Jets was partly fueled by the team itself.
The Jets quarterback says in an interview with FOX Sports Radio in Los Angeles that the media coverage during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., last summer was more intense than usual - including ESPN camping out for a week - because of Tebow's popularity.
"I just don't know if it was the best situation for either of us," Sanchez told the "Petros & Money Show" on Wednesday. He adds that "ESPN didn't necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp. They had to get permission to go."
Sanchez says the distractions could have been avoided, "but he's a popular guy and people gravitate toward the guy."
Harrison has deal with Cincinnati
The Bengals have reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, his agent said on Friday night.
The Bengals didn't confirm the deal because it hadn't been signed. Agent Bill Parise said Harrison has taken a physical and all of the contract details have been worked out.
Harrison tweeted: "Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!"
Parise said the linebacker expects to be in Cincinnati the second week in May.
Harrison, who turns 35 in May, was released by the Steelers last month in a salary cap move. By moving to another AFC North team, he'll get to face the Steelers twice a season. The Bengals' first home game is on Monday night, Sept. 16 against the Steelers.
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