Back in February, former Browns coach Hue Jackson responded to a tweet about Brian Flores case alleging Dolphins offered him money to lose games by saying Browns owner Jimmy Haslam “was happy while we kept losing” and then wrote “trust me it was a good number” in response to someone who said Haslam wasn’t offering $100,000 per loss.
Days after he said what he said, the Browns sent a very specific message to Jackson.
According to ProFootballTalk, Bart H. Williams of the Proskauer law firm sent the Browns a letter that demanded Jackson to “immediately cease and desist from making any further comments suggesting that anyone involved with the Browns organization sought to lose games while you where the head coach.”
The letter warned Jackson that any claim stating the Browns wanted to lose games or incentivized him to is defamation.
The NFL has since revealed that it found no evidence of wrongdoing by the Browns during Jackson’s tenure.
“Following a 60-day independent review into comments made by former Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson that the Browns paid or otherwise provided incentives to lose games during the 2016-17 seasons, former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a team of lawyers from the Debevoise firm determined that none of the allegations could be substantiated,” the league’s statement read. “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.”
Jackson, who is now the head coach at Grambling, went 1-31 over his first two seasons with the Browns and was fired after a 2-5-1 start in 2018.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.