Former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson has seemingly backed down by claiming he was directly paid for losing games as the team’s head coach. Jackson, however, maintained that the Browns were looking to lose in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
“No, I’ve never been offered money like Brian [Flores] had mentioned,” Jackson told CNN in an interview, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “I think it’s a totally different situation but has some similarities.”
Jackson again claimed that he had evidence that Brown’s ownership intended to lose during Jackson’s first two seasons as coach, and that evidence “will come to light at the right time.”
Initially, Jackson apparently hinted at much stronger allegations. After former Dolphins coach Brian Flores claimed he was offered $100,000 per loss by Miami ownership, Jackson suggested he found himself in a similar situation, adding that it was a “good number”.
There’s a stark difference between simply having an uncompetitive roster and actively offering a coach money to lose games. Flores alleges the latter, which would be an extremely consequential scenario if true. It will be interesting to see what evidence, if any, is ultimately presented by Jackson.