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Lock down: Jimmy Haslam releases statement after a visit from FBI

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Pilot Flying headquarters in Knoxville was on lock down Monday.

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam also owns the Cleveland Browns.

The reason for the lock down has not been given.

People working inside say FBI Agents asked each of them to provide their names, and then they were released without any information about what was happening.

19 Action News has calls out to the FBI.

Governor Haslam says he's aware of the situation but won't comment.

Pilot issued the following statement:

"As of the afternoon of April 15, FBI officials have sequestered the Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville.

At this time, we do not know the nature of the situation. Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities.

Pilot Food Marts, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas remain open and continue to serve the public.

Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully."

Knoxville-based Pilot is the operator of the largest travel center network in North America.

Jimmy Haslam was at his Company's HQ when FBI & IRS came by. His PR firm in Nashville released this statement shortly after they left:

"The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us they are investigating Pilot/Flying J. We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own. I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job # 1."
Jimmy Haslam, CEO

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