NFL concludes Hue Jackson investigation, finds ‘no evidence’
The NFL announced the result of the independent investigation into the tanking allegations made by the Cleveland Browns’ former head coach Hue Jackson. The report on Monday “determined that none of the allegations could be substantiated.”
The 60-day NFL-initiated investigation used “thousands of pages of documents, including emails, texts, internal memos” to reach the conclusion.
In February, Jackson filed a class-action lawsuit against the Browns for purposely demanding his team lose games during his tenure. He said that the Browns, under Dee and Jimmy Haslam’s ownership, crafted a “four-year” plan in 2016. The plan included an incentivization for the 56-year-old coach to deliberately lose for two years.
“I told Jimmy that what he was doing was very destructive, to not do this because it’s going to hurt my career and every other coach that worked with me and every player on the team,” Jackson said. “And I told him that it would hurt every Black coach that would follow me. And I have the documents to prove this.”
Under Jackson, the team went 3-36-1 in more than two seasons before he was fired eight games into the 2018 season. The team gained the NFL draft’s first pick consecutively and drafted Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield.
Jackson’s lawsuit was filed after the former Miami Dolphins coach, Brian Flores, dropped a lawsuit against the NFL and all 32 teams for racial discrimination in hiring. Flores accused owner Stephen Ross of offering him $100,000 per loss during the 2019 season in hopes of improving the team’s draft position.
"The investigation found no evidence to suggest that the Browns' Four-Year Plan or the club's ownership or football personnel sought to lose or incentivized losses and made no decisions deliberately to weaken the team to secure a more favorable draft position.
- Debevoise firm
A fan responded by tweeting, "Jimmy Haslam wasn't offering ... 100k per loss or Hue would be on the Forbes list."
- Brown's fan
"No, I was never offered money like Brian [Flores] had mentioned,"
- Hue Jackson
According to the league’s statement, the Cleveland #Browns and team owner Jimmy Haslem provided their full cooperation with the investigation. Hue Jackson did not meet with investigators, despite initially agreeing to do so, according to the release
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The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland. Named after original coach and co-founder Paul Brown,wikipedia
Hue Jackson is an American football coach who is the head football coach at Grambling State University. An offensive assistant at both the collegiate and professional levels,wikipedia
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