NFL couldn’t substantiate Hue Jackson’s Browns tanking claim

NFL couldn’t substantiate Hue Jackson’s Browns tanking claim

Hue Jackson’s tanking claims towards the Cleveland Browns have been unable to be substantiated by an unbiased overview, the NFL introduced Monday.

The league stated in a launch {that a} 60-day investigation discovered no proof to again up remarks the previous Browns head coach made on social media in February that alleged the workforce incentivized him to lose with bonuses. Jackson, who went 3-36-1 over this three seasons in Cleveland, later softened his stance, saying the workforce’s four-year plan put an emphasis on dropping video games. The probe discovered nothing of the type.

“The investigation discovered no proof to recommend that the Browns’ 4-Yr Plan or the membership’s possession or soccer personnel sought to lose or incentivized losses and made no choices intentionally to weaken the workforce to safe a extra favorable draft place.” the NFL stated in a press launch.

It additionally said that Jackson didn’t meet with investigators after initially agreeing to. The league did have entry to his filings and testimony in a previous arbitration continuing and produced hundreds of pages of paperwork to make its case.

Jackson, at present the pinnacle coach at Grambling State, stated in February that the Browns had no real interest in successful throughout his tenure.    

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“There was a four-year plan that was crafted,” Jackson stated in February. “I’ve documentation of that I believe any coach would cringe at if he noticed it, as a result of it talked about issues that had nothing to do with successful — mixture rankings, being the youngest workforce, having so many draft picks. None of these issues are what result in successful.”

His feedback got here after former Dolphins coach Brian Flores subject a lawsuit towards the NFL and all 32 groups for racial discrimination in hiring practices. He additionally alleged Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross provided him a $100,000 bonus to tank and transfer up within the draft, which Ross has denied.

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