Browns condemn Kosar’s comments about Rams (VIDEO)
Sunday, August 11, 2013
CLEVELAND — The Browns have told former quarterback Bernie Kosar to “watch his words.”
On Sunday, team CEO Joe Banner condemned Kosar for harsh on-air comments he made about the St. Louis Rams during Thursday night’s TV broadcast of their exhibition opener with Cleveland.
Kosar was brutal in his assessment of third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens, the Rams’ receivers and receivers coach Ray Sherman.
Banner said Kosar’s conduct was unacceptable.
“We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night,” Banner said in a statement released by the team. “We’ve spoken to Bernie, he understands that, and we would expect the situation is resolved moving forward. We’ve also reached out to the Rams organization and have shared those same sentiments.”
The Browns said Kosar called Rams coach Jeff Fisher personally and apologized Sunday. The Browns also said Kosar will continue to work the preseason games along with play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan.
Kosar, scheduled to work this Thursday’s telecast of the Browns’ game against Chicago, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
After Donovan relayed a story during the telecast Clemens had recently met the Pope, Kosar said, “Bless me father for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter.”
Later, Kosar called the Rams’ receivers “horrible” and said of Sherman, “I’m checking through the itinerary here of guys, of coaches to see who the receiver coach is, to make sure I don’t know this guy is,” Kosar said. “Because he’s not doing very good, either.”
Clemens didn’t take the chance to fire back at Kosar when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked for a comment.
“He gave us a lot of great examples throughout his career of what it’s like to play quarterback, and how to do it at a high level,” Clemens said. “Unfortunately, he also gave us a couple of examples in his commentating career of what not to do.”
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