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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, left, poses with owner Jimmy Haslam after being introduced to the media Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. Buffalo's defensive coordinator, who met with team officials for the first time just a week ago, finalized a contract Thursday to become the Browns' seventh full-time coach since 1999. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Browns owner’s truck stop to pay $92M penalty
NFL notes » Haslam’s Pilot Flying J fined for cheating customers.
First Published Jul 14 2014 07:06 pm • Last Updated Jul 14 2014 10:57 pm

The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts, authorities announced Monday.

In an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, ten of whom have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme.

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For its part, the government has agreed not to prosecute the nation’s largest diesel retailer as long as Pilot abides by the agreement. Among other conditions, Pilot has agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation of current and former employees. The agreement does not protect any individual at Pilot from prosecution.

Browns make bull mastiff their mascot

Johnny Manziel’s newest teammate with the Browns has four legs and can roll over on command.

A dog named "Swagger" will lead them onto the field next season, Cleveland team vice president of marketing Kevin Griffin revealed in an interview. Griffin says the dog is a bull mastiff, described by The American Kennel Club as a dog "that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors."

The dog mascot is an attempt to reconnect with Cleveland’s Dawg Pound of the past.




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