Cleveland assured that the former head coach’s social media statements are “completely fabricated”
The Cleveland Browns called “completely fabricated” statements by their former head coach Hue Jackson and an aide, who suggested receiving payments from the team for losing games.
Jackson, who now trains at Grambling, posted several messages on Twitter suggesting he had received bonus payments from owner Jimmy Haslam during his two-plus seasons as head of the team.RELATED
Hue Jackson went 3-36-1 in just over two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Getty Images
The Browns categorically refuted the claims.
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“Recent comments by Hue Jackson and his representatives regarding his tenure as our head coach are completely fabricated,” team spokesman Peter-Jean Baptiste said in a statement. “Any accusation that any member of our organization provided an inducement to deliberately lose games is absolutely false.”
Jackson was fired after eight games in the 2018 season. He went 3-36-1 with Cleveland, losing all 16 games in 2017.
Jackson endorsed former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams on Tuesday, alleging racial discrimination and unethical practices. And in doing so, Jackson made statements in which he implied the Browns paid him to lose.
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In response to a message suggesting Haslam hadn’t offered him $100,000 for a loss — an amount Flores says the Dolphins wanted to pay him — Jackson wrote that Haslam “was glad to keep losing” and “Trust me it was a good number.” “.
In addition, Kimberly Diemert, director of the Hue Jackson Foundation, which works to combat human trafficking, posted several messages in which she claimed that the Browns made offers to Jackson and that they had records that could help Flores in his case.
Jackson did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
On Wednesday, Diemert took to Twitter again to say that she has proof of what Jackson claims. She said that he and Flores are acting for the benefit of others.
“Fighting for what is right for everyone is what matters most,” he wrote. “Both men are fighting the right battle. People who know the facts know the fight. To win the war you have to be strategic.”