Somehow, it seems the Cleveland Browns organization has some controversy over him. Sometimes it’s related to little things, like Jimmy Haslam getting advice from a homeless man, and other times it’s much more serious.
The latest controversy surrounds the name of the stadium the team plays on, FirstEnergy Field. FirstEnergy, the company, has held the naming rights to Cleveland Stadium since 2013 and is under contract through 2030 with those rights.
The company has also been embroiled in controversy since corruption charges were brought by federal prosecutors surrounding former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder.
While FirstEnergy paid a $230 million fine in a plea deal, Cleveland Councilman Brian Kazy sponsored a resolution to remove the company’s name from Browns Stadium:
Simply, I do not believe that the municipal stadium in which the Cleveland Browns play should bear the name of this sullied society. The sign, seen as people enter Cleveland, gives the impression that they represent the city. It’s wrong.
FirstEnergy responded to News 5:
“FirstEnergy has a long-standing commitment to supporting communities by sponsoring civic, sports and arts organizations. We have taken swift action to address the events of the past year and to ensure a culture of strong ethics, integrity and accountability within the business. We look forward to continuing to be a valued partner to all the communities in which we live and work. »
Now, the team insists that the partnership and naming rights will continue in the future:
Declaration of #Brunettes regarding a resolution introduced by Cleveland City Councilman Brian Kazy for FirstEnergy to relinquish naming rights to the stadium following a corruption scandal involving the company. If passed, the resolution is non-binding and would be symbolic pic.twitter.com/Q6HhUX51XX
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) May 20, 2022
Whoever said “there is no bad publicity” seems to be wrong compared to the Cleveland Browns.