Owner Jimmy Haslam communicates 'as often as needed' with NFL about Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is keeping the NFL "apprised" of the FBI investigation into his company, Pilot Flying J, according to Tom Ingram, a company spokesman.

In a statement released Tuesday, Ingram said Haslam is in "close contact" with the NFL.

NewsChannel5 Investigator Sarah Buduson asked Ingram how often and who Haslam communicates with at the NFL.

He sent NewsChannel5 this statement:

 "We communicate as appropriately and as often as needed with the NFL to keep them apprised of the situation. As Mr. Haslam has said repeatedly, he is committed to and expects to own the Browns for a long, long time and is very excited about the team's future in Cleveland."

NewsChannel5 reported Tuesday that there is no plan in place if Haslam is indicted.

The FBI is investigating Pilot Flying J for cheating trucking customers out of discounts and rebates.

A New Hampshire trucker filed a lawsuit against the company Wednesday. There have been more than one dozen lawsuits filed against Pilot Flying J since the FBI raided the company's Knoxville headquarters in April.

[Click on the link for more on the lawsuit: http://bit.ly/12mjbXa ]

Five employees have pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges.

Haslam has said he knew nothing about the rebate fraud.

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