Jimmy Haslam: “There is no distraction here.”

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam held a surprise press conference as the first practice at Berea got underway on Thursday. Haslam took advantage of the assembled media to express his excitement for the new season, and of course answer questions about his current legal troubles with his family-owned trucking company Pilot/Flying J.

“Ask anyone around the building, there’s no distraction here,” said Haslam. “I don’t think anybody senses distraction here. Everybody is entirely focused on the two things we’ve talked about, winning games one and providing a great experience for our fans two.”

Haslam again apologized for the negative attention this has brought to the city of Cleveland, the team and the NFL.

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  • CB Everett

    How about now Jimmy?

    Ok, let me ask you and the staff about it again. Now is there a distraction?

    Ok, now do you want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?

  • mgbode
  • nj0

    Wrong sport, but since there’s never a reason to not drop a Simpsons line…

    “You want to know the terrifying truth or do you want to see me sock a few dingers?”

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I was just impressed that it took like 4-5 questions before they asked again! 🙂

  • Denny

    Jimmy-Wan Kenobi: “This isn’t the distraction you’re looking for.”

  • Vagabond

    He learned from the best criminals in the league; the Rooneys.

    Notice how the team doctor of 21 years is busted for buying $150K of testosterone and absolutely nothing more is investigated? Clearly some of that Teflon rubbed off on Mr. Haslam. Heck, I HOPE it did.

    The Browns could use it.

  • theherd10

    First thing I thought of…

  • theherd10

    Sorry, I had a pic posted in the dialog box, and then as soon as I posted the response, the image left. Love technology.
    At any rate, it was Frank Drebin in front of the chaos behind him saying, “There is nothing to see here….”

  • i’d have to research this chronology to tighten it up but… are you kidding me with the PFJ-is-a-distraction b.s.? here’s what distractions look like:

    2012: team sale announced early in training camp;
    2011: new and 1st time head coach takes over after lockout.
    2010: HC in lame duck position having had new CEO and GM hired above him.
    2009: HC without about a dozen starters from other teams starts camp.
    2008: top WR picks fight with lebron’s crew.
    2007: 1st rd QB holds out.

    everyone one of the above is more ‘distracting’ to what these guys do in on the field than whatever is going on in knoxville today.

    it’s pretty simple: do your job. eg, does a fraud investigation in knoxville affect weeden developing a silent audible with bess or little? robertson+jackson learning to cross-dog blitz for horton? chris owen’s press cover ability?

    sheesh. it’s beyond enough with this.

  • mgbode
  • MrCleaveland


  • theherd10

    LOL, that’s it. Thanks.

  • MrCleaveland

    Right on, Kanick. There are real distractions and then there are the manufactured controversies that the media create, exaggerate, and then beat to death because they have nothing better to do.

    Is Eli Manning an “elite” quarterback? OMG, let’s get fifty opinions on this and flog it until it’s a bloody pulp because the answer has such ramifications for . . . uh, for nothing.

    I’ve worked for people and companies who had some serious stuff going on higher up and it never had one iota of effect on me or my job.

  • MrCleaveland

    Before somebody jumps on me for saying the media created the PFJ scandal, that’s not what I mean. The media created the myth that this is somehow a distraction for the coaches and players. That’s b.s.

  • Garry_Owen

    Thank you.

  • Garry_Owen

    If was Greg Little (or any other player), when a coach jumps down my throat at practice about why I dropped the ball (or some other fail), I’d say, “Sorry, Coach, but I can’t stop thinking about the Pilot Flying J problem and what’s going to happen.”

    Wonder how far that would get me.

  • mgbode

    not to mention Gary Baxter, on-going staph, softball sized testicles, motorcycles, et cetera.

    man, thinking about this stuff is not a good way to start a Friday

  • MrCleaveland

    Maybe the reason reporters ask such poor questions is that they are distracted by the fact that newspapers are going down the tubes.

  • Harv 21

    Editor’s angle = Pilot Flying J distracts football team.

    Resulting stories until season begins: 1)”Team Denies Distraction”; 2) Team Denies Distraction at This Point”; 3)”Team Closes Ranks as Scandal Unfolds;” 4) “Team Refuses to Comment on Owner Scandal.”

  • mgbode

    so, when Haslam said it wouldn’t be a distraction, do you think the reporters were laughing, thinking: “you don’t know us very well”

  • Harv 21

    Yes. And I think Haslam was thinking: “Candidly, time to get that stooge Lombardi to hack Dan Gilbert’s twitter account with sumpin’ ’bout secret talks he’s been havin’ with LeBron. That’ll get the coon hounds runnin’ the other way til the opener.”