The Browns are looking into potentially incriminating photos posted on receiver Davone Bess’ social media accounts.
A spokesman said Thursday the team is looking further into the situation and will deal with the matter internally.
Bess left the team for personal reasons with two games left in the season, his first with the Browns. His departure coincided with a picture posted on his Instagram account that showed him lighting a type of cigarette on a porch with a Rastafarian flag around his neck and a poster of Bob Marley nearby.
A picture posted at 7:20 a.m. Thursday from Plantation, Fla., showed what looks like a cigar on a table near a tiny bag of what appears to be marijuana. Some of the same green and brown substance is loose on the table.
The bag sits on a cell phone with a “Jah” screensaver. Jah means God in Rastafarian culture. The caption read: “We da real dons!”
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) January 16, 2014
The photo has been deleted from Bess’ account.
Bess has posted dozens of pictures on Twitter and Instagram in the last couple of weeks. Many referenced the Rastafarian culture.
Bess was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list Dec. 21, and a league source said he was dealing with family issues.
His season was a bust even before that.
The Browns traded fourth- and fifth-round picks to Miami in exchange for Bess and fourth- and seventh-round picks during the draft in April. Cleveland then signed Bess to a four-year, $14.2 million contract through 2016 that includes $5.75 million guaranteed.
A possession receiver playing primarily out of the slot, Bess led the league with 14 drops through 14 games. He finished with 42 catches for 362 yards, an 8.6 average, and two touchdowns. He was held under 30 yards for his last 11 games.
TURNER TO VIKINGS?
The Browns are close to losing offensive coordinator Norv Turner, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
New Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to hire Turner as coordinator. Zimmer was hired Wednesday after three years as defensive coordinator in Cincinnati.
Turner improved Cleveland’s offense in his only season with the Browns, despite being forced to use three quarterbacks and never having a viable running game. Under Turner’s direction and in his vertical passing attack, receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron had breakthrough seasons.
Gordon led the league with a franchise-record 1,646 yards and 18.9 per catch in his second season. He caught 87 passes and nine touchdowns and was named to the All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl.
Cameron caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns after totaling 26 catches in his first two seasons. He was voted to his first Pro Bowl.
Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported Turner is expected to bring his son, Scott, as quarterbacks coach to Minnesota. Scott was receivers coach with the Browns this year.