According to multiple published reports, Cleveland Browns GM George Kokinis was escorted out of the team’s facility Monday.
The Browns have yet to officially respond to any of Monday’s reports, but team director of public relations Neal Gulkis said late Monday, “I haven’t heard anything, I can’t confirm those reports.”
Even so, as news on the situation continues to surface, it is becoming apparent that Kokinis is likely on his way out in Cleveland.
NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi told NFL Total Access Monday that Kokinis will be fired, and that Kokinis is aware of the situation. According to Lombardi, Kokinis has not been involved in any of the team’s recent decisions and has been something of an outcast within the organization, with coach Eric Mangini making the front office decisions.
Browns play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan told NBC affiliate WKYC-TV3 in Cleveland that the Browns have already ”severed ties” with Kokinis.
Following Sunday’s 30-6 loss in Chicago, Browns owner Randy Lerner said he was “sick” about the state of his team, and that he would like to bring in a “strong, credible, serious leader” to help run his team, according to multiple published reports.
More on this story to follow.
Update: The team released a statement Monday night that Kokinis is “no longer actively involved” with the Browns organization.