NFL clears Browns after former coach Jackson said team tanked games

Hue Jackson
Posted at 3:29 PM, May 03, 2022

CLEVELAND — The National Football League announced Monday that an independent review found that former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson's claims that the team intentionally lost games in 2016 and 2017 were unsubstantiated.

A Twitter account tied to Jackson claimed in February that the Browns paid bonuses for those leading the organization to tank in 2016 and 2017, following former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filing a lawsuit against the NFL, Dolphins, Broncos, and Giants alleging discrimination in his interview processes and in his firing in January.

After a 60-day review, the NFL announced that independent investigators led by former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White "determined that none of the allegations could be substantiated."

Jackson initially agreed to meet with the investigators but ultimately did not do so.

The league said Jimmy Haslam was interviewed and other current and former members of the organization.

“We appreciate the independent investigation led by Mary Jo White and the Debevoise team, which brings closure to these allegations that Hue Jackson publicly recanted shortly after they were made. We’ve known all along are categorically false," the team said in a statement. "As we’ve previously stated, we welcomed this investigation because the integrity of our game is something that should not be taken lightly, and an independent review was crucial in bringing a conclusion to this matter.”

Courtney Shaw at WEWS first reported this story.