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Browns have no comment on presence of FBI, IRS at headquarters of Pilot Flying J

Jimmy Haslam

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, right, answers qustions at a news conference announcing Rob Chudzinski as the new head coach at the NFL football team’s practice facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


Not much is being said by anyone in connection with the presence of FBI and IRS agents at the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, the company founded by the father of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and, after an absence of several months, run once again by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

Specifically, the Browns’ official position on the situation is this: “No comment.”

Via WBIR-TV, Pilot Flying J has issued the following statement: “As of the afternoon of April 15, FBI officials have sequestered the Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville. At this time, we do not know the nature of the situation. Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities. Pilot Food Marts, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas remain open and continue to serve the public. Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully.”

Federal officials have characterized the action as part of an “ongoing investigation” involving the FBI and IRS.