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Browns confirm they are also being investigated by the NFL

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 22nd, 2015 at 11:46 PM EST

The New England Patriots are not the only team that the NFL is investigating right now. According to the Cleveland Browns, they, too, are being investigated by the league.

While the Patriots are being investigated for Deflategate, the Browns are being investigated for whether members of their team’s personnel department sent text messages to the sidelines during games this past season.

Mike Pettine (Getty Images)

Mike Pettine (Getty Images)

There is speculation that a high-ranking team personnel member texted the sidelines complaining about the play calling.

“Obviously, I’m aware of it,” head coach Mike Pettine said. “I do know that’s an ongoing league investigation.”

Coaches are not allowed to use smartphones or phones, in general, on the sidelines, or in the coaching boxes, during the games. Teams, however; are allowed to use headsets and league-permitted tablets to view photos of plays during the game.

The Patriots will likely get a loss of draft pick, or even more worse with Bill Belichick possibly getting a one-year suspended. On the other hand, the Browns will likely just get a fine, if found guilty, since they have no previous history like the Patriots do.


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