Hue Jackson sure had a lot to say recently about his tenure with the Cleveland Browns but now, he appears to be back-pedaling on his statements
He might not have ever played cornerback, but maybe he should have because Hue Jackson can back-pedal with the best of them.
After making some very serious claims against former boss Jimmy Haslam — where Jackson insinuated he was paid to lose games — Jackson was hit with some backlash. Many felt he was trying to piggyback off legitimate claims brought up by Brian Flores in an effort to once again point fingers at everyone except himself for the failures he had in Cleveland.
The claims from Jackson drew the ire of the Cleveland Browns owner as Haslam held no punches saying Jackson is “masterful at pointing fingers but has never accepted any blame.” Now, Jackson — who perhaps realizes no one is buying what he’s selling — started to back-pedal.
While speaking with Anderson Cooper of CNN, Jackson now claims he was never given money to lose — despite his claims recently that he was given money to lose.
"“No, I was never offered money like Brian (Flores) had mentioned,” said Jackson to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday night. “I think this is a totally different situation but has some similarities.”"
So to recap. Jackson said he was paid to lose, received no support, and now says he wasn’t paid to lose. But then still had the audacity to say his situation is still similar to the one Brian Flores is in — despite admitting the only similarity between the two was a fabrication.
Hue Jackson is out of the NFL for a reason, and it’s easy to see why
This whole saga was completely unavoidable but Jackson simply cannot help himself. This is the same man who told Haslam and general manager John Dorsey to get out of his office when they fired him — it was a bold strategy but did not pay off.
He then went on a media tour blaming everyone for his disastrous 3-36-1 record. Everyone except Hue Jackson that is.
His inability to self-scout and try to improve is the reason he’s not in the NFL and it could be his downfall at Grambling as well if he’s not careful.
Jackson has done some great work with his foundation and is clearly a solid football mind, otherwise, he would never have risen to the ranks he did. But he does himself no favors by interjecting himself into the spotlight to try and justify his failures at the NFL level. He also didn’t help Flores’ lawsuit by bringing in his unfounded and false claims and trying to attach them to this class-action lawsuit.