Browns CEO Joe Banner is declining to say whether the team knew the extent of Davone Bess’s off-field problems before trading for him last year.

A report that the Dolphins knew Bess had been involuntarily sent to a mental health facility and didn’t tell the Browns has raised eyebrows in Cleveland, but when Banner was asked about that report he declined to answer.

“We’ve been in contact and are trying to do everything we can to support and help Davone through the entire process,” Banner said, via “I don’t want to answer anything beyond what I just said.”

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam admitted that he did not know about Bess’s off-field issues.

“I personally did not [know] so I can’t answer that,” Haslam said.