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Haslam says Pilot Flying J will cooperate with FBI in statement

Jimmy Haslam

Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, talks business and football on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Canton, Ohio, during the 99th annual dinner for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. (AP Photo/The Repository, Bob Rossiter) MANDATORY CREDIT


While it’s still unclear exactly what FBI and IRS officials are looking into at the Knoxville, Tennessee based Pilot Flying J company run by Jimmy Haslam, the Cleveland Browns owner says he is willing to cooperate with their efforts.

“The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us they are investigating Pilot Flying J,” Haslam said in an email statement to the Knoxville News Sentinel. “We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own. I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job No. 1.”

With the government agencies locking down the company’s headquarters, it’s reasonable to assume they’ve been looking into the business for some time. What they’ll find and the impact it could have on the Browns owner is still yet to be determined.