Spitaleri and two other men, one described as an acting consultant, met with head coach Willie Davis and defensive coach Lamar Martin. The fourth member of the CIFL group, Mike Johnson, owner of CIFL franchises the Kalamazoo Xplosion and Saginaw Sting, spoke with Freedom players.
Johnson questioned the players about whether they had been paid all the money owed them for games played. A majority of the players said they had been paid for three of the team's four games, but others suggested they were shorted more than that.
While Johnson never said he would assume control of the Freedom, his part of the conversation implied he may be directly involved with the running of the Freedom's operations if the CIFL should take over. He told the players the league's desire is to keep a franchise in Fort Wayne, and asked that they stay on board with him to finish out the season.
Johnson indicated a takeover could happen as early as next week.
When asked for comment, both Spitaleri and Davis declined. Spitaleri said more information could be available by Saturday when he'll be in attendance at the Freedom's home game against Rock River at Memorial Coliseum.