Roger Goodell meets with Browns owner Jimmy Haslem

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he met with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on Tuesday about the federal investigation into his family’s truck stop chain.

The FBI alleges widespread fraud of customers at Pilot Flying J, the country’s largest diesel retailer.

Haslam has said he won’t step aside from the Browns or as the company’s CEO.

Asked at a pre-draft event Wednesday if he was concerned, Goodell said ‘‘of course when you have that type of thing.’’

Goodell added: ‘‘Jimmy’s doing everything he’s asked. He’s cooperating. He wants to make sure that he’s doing all the right things in that regard, and he’s assured us he’s going to.’’


The NFL vets all prospective owners, but Goodell said the league couldn’t have known about the investigation before Haslam bought the team last year unless the FBI had chosen to share that information.

In another sticky situation for the Browns, linebacker Quentin Groves apologized following his citation on a soliciting charge stemming from what police called a prostitution sting.

Groves said in a statement Wednesday that he let a lot of people down, starting with his family, and he told fans, the Browns, and the city of Cleveland he was sorry for putting himself in this situation.

Groves entered a no contest plea to disorderly conduct in Bedford (Ohio) Municipal Court in suburban Cleveland on Tuesday following his citation by police in neighboring Orange last week.

Court records show Groves also paid $365 as part of the case. The Browns declined comment.

Police say Groves was taken into custody at a hotel after arranging in a phone call for sex acts with an undercover officer.

Play it safe

Mike Shanahan said from now on he’s going to make sure that Robert Griffin III ‘‘never plays if he’s not 100 percent.’’

The Redskins coach Wednesday said his gut instinct changes from year to year when it comes to deciding whether a player is too hurt to play. That is what’s happening in regard to his quarterback, who required reconstructive surgery after reinjuring his knee in a playoff loss to Seattle in January.


Shanahan has been criticized for not removing Griffin from the game earlier. The coach said Wednesday: ‘‘Sometimes you make the right call, other times you don’t, but at the end of the day you’re always hoping that you learn from your mistakes, whatever they are.’’

Rough cuts

The Packers released running back Brandon Saine and linebacker D.J. Smith. Saine signed with the Packers as a non-drafted free agent out of Ohio State in July 2011. He rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries and caught 10 passes for 69 yards as a rookie in 2011.The Packers drafted Smith out of Appalachian State in 2011. He posted 80 tackles (61 solo), two sacks, one interception, and six passes defensed in his two seasons with Green Bay . . . The Cardinals signed four players, including former Jacksonville receiver Jarrett Dillard. Arizona also signed receiver Robert Gill, former Arizona State offensive lineman Paul Fanaika, and tight end Alex Gottlieb . . . The NFL will hold a moment of silence at Thursday’s draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks and Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Goodell said the league would recognize the two tragedies that took place last week. The three-day draft begins Thursday night with the first round.



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