Just when you thought you’ve seen it all.
Honestly, I had a fear after the Browns season was over that there would be a lack of article topics to write about. However, there’s been an abundance from Odell Beckham Jr. to Johnny Manziel and more. This one has to do with the former head coach of the Browns Hue Jackson. We actually just celebrated Hue Jackson day on January 31st to note the Browns going 1-31 under his tenure:
— Cleveland Sports Talk (@CLEsportsTalk) January 31, 2022
That was a dark time for Browns football and it makes this 8-9 season we just experienced not seem as bad despite all of the drama that has occurred as of late.
Here is a quote via NBC:
Jackson responded to a tweet about the case by saying Browns owner Jimmy Haslam “was happy while we kept losing” and then wrote “trust me it was a good number” in response to someone who said Haslam wasn’t offering $100,000 per loss.”
Now, why would a team want to lose games on purpose?
Well, it’s this concept of “tanking.” It’s essentially trying to lose in order to get a better draft pick to draft a better player in the upcoming draft. The order is determined based on record. The worse record gets the top pick AKA – better player. That is why an owner would pay a coach to purposely lose games. Tanking is a huge issue across sports and it honestly makes sense for teams that are out of contention to “tank” when they know they aren’t winning any titles for that season.
Even so, to accept money from an owner to lose on purpose just feels…wrong.
Take all of the people that pay large sums of money for tickets to go to the games and support the team. Or all of those on the sports talk radio waves that continue to advocate for the team. Even something as simple as buying a jersey or shirt to represent the team…
They were being scammed.
Certainly, we do not know the exact details of how much money precisely was being dealt to coach Jackson for the team to lose. However, even one single dollar is one dollar too many. Coaches should be paid to win games and create a product on the field that ends up getting celebrated.
Not this garbage.
Hue Jackson was a terrible coach for the Browns and this story, while the details are still to come, makes him look even worse.
Let’s hope coach Stefanski isn’t being paid to lose either. However, with the end of last season that wouldn’t make the story surprising…