CLEVELAND -- Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was in Cleveland tonight and offered an apology to Browns fans.
Haslam spoke with the Cleveland media. It the first time he has done so since the FBI and IRS raided his Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville as part of an investigation into alleged rebate fraud.
Haslam didn't take any questions during his appearance at a sports awards banquet in Westlake but he did talk Browns
He seemed in great spirits.
Haslam was the featured speaker at the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation's Scholar Athlete Banquet.
He had no comments when asked about the Pilot Flying J investigation. He went over his five-step plan for how he is addressing the company's issues.
And he had a message for Browns fans. He apologized to fans saying as a new owner he did not wish his off-the-field business to create a distraction from football on the field.
Haslam says he has plans for improving the Browns. He says, while you don't go from winning 14 games in three years to winning 14 games in a year, he predicted the Browns will be better this year.