An independent investigation launched by the NFL found no evidence that the Cleveland Browns intentionally lost games in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, as former coach Hue Jackson claimed
CLEVELAND – The NFL gave former Cleveland Brown coach Hue Jackson another loss.
The league announced Monday that it found “no evidence” that the Browns deliberately lost games or encouraged staff to do so, after Jackson in February claimed the team was trying to lose in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
The league said Monday that a 60-day independent review found that “none of the allegations could be substantiated.”
Former U.S. Attorney and SEC President Mary Jo White led the investigation.
Jackson got 3-36-1 in plus seasons for Cleveland before being fired eight games into the 2018 season.
Jackson had claimed that Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam encouraged people in the organization to lose over a four-year period.
Jackson later softened these comments.
The Browns went 1-15 in 2016 and lost all 16 games the following season under Jackson.
White and other lawyers interviewed Jimmy Haslam along with current and former members of the organization.
The league said Jackson initially agreed to meet with investigators before deciding against it.
Investigators had access to Jackson’s public statements and records and testimony in a previous arbitration case.
The league said the Browns also provided documents, including emails, texts, internal notes and presentation packages to help the investigation.
The Browns denied Jackson’s claims from the outset and are satisfied with the investigators’ findings.
“We appreciate the independent investigation led by Mary Jo White and the Debevoise team, which brings to light these allegations that Hue Jackson publicly withdrew shortly after they were made, and which we have always known are categorically false, said team spokesman Peter Jean- Baptiste. “As we have said before, we welcomed this study because the integrity of our game is something that should not be taken lightly and an independent review was essential to reach a conclusion on this matter.”
Jackson currently coaches at Grambling.
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