Report: Browns interviewed Berea janitor for GM position to satisfy Rooney Rule

BEREA, Ohio — Roughly 53 minutes after the Browns announced the dismissal of Executive Vice President Sashi Brown, reports surfaced that the team had hired former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey to take over the front office.

While the move was generally positively received, it did make many wonder how the Browns could have possibly met the requirements in such a small amount of time for the Rooney Rule, which states that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for each coaching and front office vacancy.

That answer was cleared up Friday afternoon when’s Adam Schefter reported that the team held an interview around 3 p.m. with 47-year-old Latrell Williams, a janitor at the team’s headquarters in Berea.

Schefter reported that Williams was taking out the trash in owner Jimmy Haslam’s office when Haslam asked him to interview for the general manager position. The interview reportedly consisted of the executives eating bagels with Williams and discussing the second season of “Stranger Things.”

After six minutes, Haslam thanked Williams for his time but informed him they were going a different direction in their hiring and picking the more experienced Dorsey. He then handed Williams the trash can from the conference room to empty on his way out.