A full-blown grand jury investigation has started meeting to decide what charges are going to be filed against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III if any. The Grand Jury has met and heard from witnesses for weeks now.
Haslam continues to say he did nothing wrong. Now it is up to a grand jury to decide if they think there is enough evidence to bring serious charges against Haslam. 5 people who worked for Pilot FLying J have already plead guilty to charges of fraud.
It is expected that these people, former employees of Jimmy Haslam III are testifying in front of the grand jury. Many reports have stated that not only did Jimmy Haslam III know about what was taking place at Pilot Flying J, he gave the scam his blessing.
It is difficult to predict how long it will take for the grand Jury to bring charges against Haslam. I expect the charges to come about the same time the Cleveland Browns kick off their preseason. If that happens, the fate of the Browns would be unknown.
The NFL could step in and force a sale of the team or they could take the team over and run it until they find a buyer. Either way with the start of training camp just around the corner and preseason soon after that, you can bank on the fact that this will be a distraction for the football team.
It is the last thing the team or the fans need.
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