News Channel 5’s Ron Regan reports that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has denied any knowledge of the rebate fraud which has led to an ongoing investigation by the FBI. Haslam spoke to trucking industry leaders on Thursday at a conference in Indianapolis.
“Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam told trucking industry leaders Thursday in Indianapolis that he knew nothing about nor did he participate in an alleged fuel-rebate fraud,” write Regan.
In addition, Haslam said he doesn’t believe that the FBI investigation will affect his ownership of the Browns at all. Perhaps this statement was in response to several reports that other NFL owners are concerned that the lawsuits connected to this case could drain Haslam of his ability to effectively finance and operate the Browns.
Haslam and his Pilot/Flying J staff continue to try and settle discrepancies between his truck stops and the trucking companies that were shorted in the rebate scandal. To date seven trucking companies have filed lawsuits against Pilot.