Cleveland Browns affirm that they are open to an NFL inquiry into the tanking claims made former coach Hue Jackson by the NFL

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland BrownsWe spoke with an NFL investigator investigating claims Hue Jackson made about the team's intentional loss of games in 2016 and 2017.

Dee and Jimmy Haslam fired Jackson eight games into 2018 after he had led Grambling State to a 336-1 record.

Jackson posted a series of social media posts in February indicating that the team gave him bonuses incentivizing him to loseJackson was made to fail. Jackson later softened those claims.

In 2016, the Browns were 1-15 and 2017 was 0-16.

Brian McCarthy, the league's spokesperson, confirmed that Mary Jo White (ex-chair of Securities and Exchange Commission) was consulted to investigate Jackson's allegations.

McCarthy stated in an email to The Associated Press that “The review continues and is expected to end soon.”

Monday night's statement by the team stated that it had worked with the league in its investigation.

Peter Jean-Baptiste, team spokesperson, said that Hue had retracted his allegations only a few days after they were made. “We were happy to have an investigation conducted and are confident that the results will confirm what we've already stated.

“We have collaborated with Mary Jo White. We look forward to the findings.”

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