NFL states tanking claims by Hue Jackson can't be substantiated
Ricky Gray | May 3, 2022
After an independant review, no evidence of tanking by the Cleveland Browns was found.
After former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Hue Jackson, accused the organization of tanking, an independent review coordinated by the NFL began. The investigation has concluded and no evidence was substantiated.
Jackson was fired by the Cleveland Browns eight games into the 2018 season and his record as the Browns' head coach was 3-36-1 in a little over two years. In February of 2022, Jackson alluded to the team paying him bonuses incentivizing him to lose games and that he was set up to fail.
The NFL announced that after a 60-day review, independent investigators led by former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White: "determined that none of the allegations could be substantiated."
Interestingly enough, Jackson originally agreed to meet with the investigators, but in fact, did not. Still, the investigators had access to public statements and filings he had previously made, as well as his testimony in a prior arbitration proceeding.
Jimmy Haslam, co-owner of the Cleveland Browns, was also interviewed during this time along with former and current members of the organization. It's said that the Browns provided documents to help the investigators during the independent review.
In a statement, the Browns organization said: "We appreciate the independent investigation led by Mary Jo White and the Debevoise team which brings closure to these allegations that Hue Jackson publicly recanted shortly after they were made and that we've known all along are categorically false."
The statement continued: "As we've previously stated, we welcomed this investigation because the integrity of our game is something that should not be taken lightly and an independent review was crucial in bringing a conclusion to this matter."
Hue Jackson is currently the head coach of the Grambling State Tigers.