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Ray Farmer, Cleveland Browns Flagged for 'Impermissible' Texts

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Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer. (Ed Subra Jr./MCT/Landov, file)  

By    |   Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 08:58 AM

The Cleveland Browns could be facing loss of draft picks, fines and Ray Farmer, the team's general manager, for what is being called "impermissible" texts from management to coaches during a game.

It is the latest in the string of bad news for the Browns and the NFL in a season where the league can't seem to get out of its own way and when it should be celebrating a Super Bowl with the highest-rated televised event of all-time, according to Deadline.com.

In the newest scandal, NFL officials are investigating Farmer and the Browns for allegedly having high-ranking team personnel contact coaches in the press box during the games, reportedly via texts, in violation of the NFL's electronic device policy, according to the Plain Dealer.

Former Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan complained about the intrusion to the newspaper in a Jan. 6 story as he reason for leaving the team, calling the situation dysfunctional.

"I know that Ray and (Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine) and Sashi Brown, our general counselor, are cooperating fully with the NFL, and if we did anything wrong I'm sure we'll correct it and make whatever amends,'' said owner Jimmy Haslam. "I know we've cooperated fully with the NFL."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that Farmer had the same press box run-in with Browns former quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and that tensions between the Browns coaching staff and the front office reached a near breaking point with the pressure to start rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

After a disastrous rookie season that saw Manziel punished by the Browns by year's end for not showing up for an injury, the quarterback agreed to check himself into a rehabilitation facility this week for his possible dependency on alcohol.

Sources said Manziel volunteered for treatment in an effort to get his football career on track after he was showered by criticism by NFL pundits and anonymously by teammates in the media.

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