FBI investigators revealed today they began to look into Jimmy Haslam and his business dealings when he decided to become the owner of the Cleveland Browns.
"We had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by Mr. Haslam or his company," said an FBI source. "But, obviously, when someone willingly wants to own the Cleveland Browns, that raises a lot of warning flags. Why would anyone want to do that?"
Haslam's company, the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain, was raided by the FBI and IRS this week as part of a fraud investigation. Federal agents say Haslam knew of the fraud. He took ownership of the Cleveland Browns in October.
"He wasn't on our radar at all," confirmed another FBI official. "But when you look for suspicious behavior, purposely identifying with the Cleveland Browns is as suspicious as it gets. Our investigation began that very day. We weren't at all surprised to uncover illegal activity. His Browns move clearly indicated he was prone to doing stupid things."
The FBI also confirmed it is investigating new Browns head coach Rob Chudzinkski.
"Why would anyone choose to coach the Cleveland Browns?" said an FBI agent. "No doubt he's into all sorts of deviant behavior. He's clearly mentally ill."