June 25, 2016

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FBI raids Pilot Flying J; Browns’ Jimmy Haslam is company’s CEO

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  — A spokeswoman for Pilot Flying J, the truck stop business owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, says the FBI has locked down the company’s Knoxville headquarters.

Spokeswoman Lauren Christ said in a statement the company doesn’t know why FBI officials closed the headquarters Monday but is cooperating with authorities.

The FBI didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Jimmy Haslam stepped down as company CEO after buying the Browns last summer. He returned as CEO in February, replacing former PepsiCo President John Compton.

Bill Haslam has no position with the company but still has an unspecified holding in it, according to his limited financial disclosures.

Pilot Flying J retail operations remain open.