Bernie Kosar must tone down the harsh comments. That’s the order handed down Sunday by Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner.
Banner apparently needed time to stop and consider. Kosar made the controversial comments during the St. Louis Rams’ preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
And the former Cleveland Browns quarterback turned sports analyst didn’t hold anything back. Apparently for Bernie Kosar half the fun of the preseason game in question was harshin’ on the St. Louis Rams.
Yahoo! Sports noted that when Kosar heard that third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens had recently visited the Pope, the analyst quipped, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter.”
He also ripped the receivers and their coach. “These St. Louis Rams are horrible,” and “I’m checking…to see who the receiver’s coach is…because he’s not doing a very good job.”
Rams coach Jeff Fisher wasn’t pleased. He didn’t cry like a little girl, but he definitely whined a little:
“I feel bad for [the Browns] that they had someone doing the broadcast who would feel the need to speak that way about players,” Fisher told EPSN. “I’m just surprised that Bernie has such a lack of respect for players and for this game.”
He went on to call the remarks unprofessional and strongly hinted that Kosar should lose his job.
You and I might think that football is a tough game. And maybe the boys should grow a thicker skin and not be all sensitive.
But apparently we’re the nutty ones. Banner apparently agreed that Fisher was right, because he issued this statement to Sports Illustrated:
“We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments…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 also revealed that Bernie Kosar called Jeff Fisher to issue a personal apology on Sunday.