Browns owner Jimmy Haslam addresses FBI investigation

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam apologized to the city of Cleveland for the FBI raid on the headquarters of his Pilot Flying J truck stop business and said it is business as usual for the Browns.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam met with the media on Tuesday to address the FBI and IRS raid of Pilot Flying J company headquarters that took place on Monday. Haslam apologized to the city of Cleveland and Browns fans for any blemish this may have put on the team or the city and said it is business as usual as far as the Browns are concerned.

Haslam, the CEO of Pilot Flying J, said the raid had to do with gas station owners who allege they are entitled rebates for large fuel buys. Despite the involvement of the IRS, Haslam does not believe the problem involves any tax issues and does not think Pilot Flying J is in violation of any federal or state tax laws. Haslam also said that the company has begun their own private investigation into the matter.

It doesn't appear that the case will have any direct impact on the Browns for the moment, outside of possibly increased press. In addition to saying it is business as usual for the Browns, Haslam said he expects to be in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday and Friday to prepare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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