Tom Withers broached the story earlier today, essentially asking Browns fans to "buckle up" as the ride looks to turn bumpy.
There are developments in federal investigation of #Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's trucking company. Stories upcoming.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) May 29, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two employees of the truck-stop chain owned by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam have pleaded guilty in federal probe.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) May 29, 2013
This was followed by the following tweets:
Ralenkotter's defense attorney me his client is very remorseful, says it's possible he may testify against other #Pilot defendants— Samantha Manning (@SamanthaWATE6) May 29, 2013
Where the Pilot thing gets interesting, this tweet says one defendant may testify against his former co-workers - twitter.com/SamanthaWATE6/…— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) May 29, 2013
Legal issues on this scale have a tendency to create a snowball effect. When investigators acquire a specific amount of data to support the prosecution, they will attempt to use that data to get employees to come forward. The offer of a plea deal or reduced sentence can sometimes be enough to get employees to report on what they've seen and been involved in.
The reports filed today won't immediately change the perception of the scandal or create any meaningful changes, but it continues to be another piece for skeptical fans to consider when evaluating Haslam at his word.
Note: Thanks to OhioCityBrownsBeliever, links to a Waiver of Indictment for Arnold Ralenkotter (Regional Sales Director for Direct Sales) and Information Page for Ashley Judd (Regional Account Representative for Direct Sales) can be found here.