This is a cut-throat business, even for front office people.
Will Burge was the person who was first on the story that Mike Pettine was in Cleveland to sign a contract to be the team's next head coach. Now, Burge is dishing some details from his sources on exactly how team owner Jimmy Haslam handled the dismissals of Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi, and how he announced it to the organization:
Mult sources tell me Michael Lombardi and Joe Banner are "devastated" and "were blindsided" by the announcement #Browns— Will Burge (@WillBurge) February 11, 2014
#Browns source told said org had a meeting in morn. Haslam walked in, announced Banner & Lombardi were gone & walked back out. Dead silence— Will Burge (@WillBurge) February 11, 2014
Ouch. Message sent.