NFL finds no evidence Browns paid Hu Jackson to lose games

The NFL said it could not substantiate claims by former Cleveland Browns coach Hu Jackson that the team had received incentives as part of a plan to intentionally lose games to improve its position in the draft in the coming years.

Former U.S. attorney Mary Joe White has handled the league claims, reviewing thousands of pages of documents, including emails and internal memoranda related to the team’s four-year plan to revive the club, which coincided with Jackson’s coach’s two years of service. 2016 and 2017.

“The investigation has found no evidence that Brown’s four-year plan or club ownership or football staff sought to lose or encourage him and did not make deliberate decisions to weaken the team to secure a more favorable draft position,” the league said in a statement. In the statement.

Jackson did not speak to White and other investigators as part of the review, the league said, but White’s team also reviewed records and testimonies from a previous arbitration between Jackson and Brown. White also interviewed Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, as well as current and former members of the team.

Jackson did not comment on the league’s findings.

In early February, Jackson said he received bonuses of up to $ 750,000 as part of a team plan to lose games and improve the Browns’ position in next year’s draft. Under Jackson, the Browns won just one game in 2016 and none in 2017. He was released after eight games in 2018, when the team record was 2-5-1.

Jackson made the announcement a few days after Brian Flores, who had just been fired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that other clubs had given him “cheated interviews” for vacancies they knew would give him vacancies. Coaches. Flores’s lawsuit alleges that the practice was part of the practice of discriminating against black coaches in their recruitment practice.

In the statement, Flores also claimed that Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, offered to pay him $ 100,000 for each game lost while he was the team’s head coach.

Ross denied the allegations.

On Monday, lawyers representing Flora and other black NFL coaches who joined the lawsuit, Ray Horton and Steve Wilkes, appeared at a New York federal court pre-trial conference to oppose NFL defense attorneys, including former U.S. Secretary of State Lee. Attorney General.

Lynch and the NFL Legal Team argued that plaintiffs’ grievances should be sent to closed arbitration and that they should file a motion for arbitration by June 21st. Flores’s lawyers are fighting to have the case heard in open court.

The plaintiffs also sought to begin a limited discovery as to whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had biases that should eliminate him as a potential arbitrator. They cited Goodell’s employment status – the 32 teams that defend Flora’s claims, determine and pay her salary – as well as the league statement following the lawsuit, which said Flores’s claims were “unfair”.

At the conference hearing, the judge adjourned his decision on whether this restricted discovery could be made until the NFL filed its motion forcibly. The plaintiffs will have until July 22 to respond to the league petition, but these deadlines may be extended if they petition the referee to allow limited disclosure of Goodell’s role.

Flores’s attorneys told the judge they would be open to attending the conciliation conference, but the NFL declined, saying it was confident the arbitration process would be neutral.

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