CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - According to NJ.com, the Cleveland Browns were one of 14 NFL teams to accept payments for displays of patriotism. The site says the Department of Defense gave out a total of $5.4 million over the last four years in exchange for patriotic displays at games.
The final payment to the Browns was made in September of 2012, which was the final month of Al Lerner's ownership. Jimmy Haslam took over the team in October of that year.
The Browns joined the Jets, Falcons, Ravens, Bills, Bengals, Packers, Colts, Chiefs, Vikings and Steelers in receiving multiple payouts, while the Cowboys, Dolphins and Rams received one-time payouts.