Browns call Kosar’s comments about Rams “unprofessional”

AP

During Thursday night’s preseason game between the Rams and the Browns, Cleveland on-air analyst Bernie Kosar offered up some bizarre and pointed criticisms of the Rams.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher didn’t like it.  The Browns don’t like it, either.

“We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said in a statement issued 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.”

Among other things, Kosar said the Rams’ receivers are “horrible,” and that their parents should be “embarrassed.”

“Bernie’s got his issues.  They’re well-documented,” Fisher said Saturday.

The precise reasons for Bernie’s issues aren’t entirely clear (he has undergone treatment for football-related brain trauma), but the effects are becoming increasingly obvious.  And it appears that, for now, the Browns won’t be taking the microphone away from a man who is showing that, for whatever reason, he’s perhaps not fit to be speaking into one.

So the real question isn’t whether the Browns should have relieved Kosar of his duties for saying what he said, but whether they’re now risking an even uglier incident at some point in the future.

80 responses to “Browns call Kosar’s comments about Rams “unprofessional”

  1. Grow a pair. Kosar was absolutely right. As a broadcaster he should continue to be objective and tell it like is, rather than being a politically correct stooge who praises everyone putting on a uniform.

  2. Yes, by all means, let’s fire the man for making comments about the talent (or lack of same) of some players. Good grief! What has happened to our country??!!! This touchy-feely, oh-so-sensitive society America has become makes me want to heave. Bernie Kosar has forgotten more about NFL football than most so-called reporters and commentators will ever know. Why can’t people just grow a pair and disagree with the guy, rather than asking for his hide when all he did was pan some talentless dudes. Come on, folks. Grow up!

  3. The irony of it all is that the Browns wideouts are no better. Dont tell me you have Josh Gordon (suspended 2 games) and Greg Little are world beaters. Criticize all you want but dont involve parents.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 11, 2013 7:39 PM

    Grow a pair. Kosar was absolutely right. As a broadcaster he should continue to be objective and tell it like is, rather than being a politically correct stooge who praises everyone putting on a uniform.
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    Well what do you know,it’s the Seattle Seahawk fan who chimes in on anything negative about the Rams.
    This has nothing to do with being objective about the status of the Rams other than his way of trumping up his love for his team.There was a time when I had respect for Kosar but that time has passed.As for you,why don’t you go comment on a Seahawk forum as it is clear that you have a axe to grind.

  5. Criticize a man’s play on the field, decisions of the front office or even the color of his socks but you NEVER, EVER bring family into it.

    EVER.

    Classless.

  6. Oh please cgsuddeath, I don’t care one bit about your perpetual doormat of a team. The Rams’ sole purpose of existence is to fight tooth and nail with the Cardinals to be the doormat of the NFC West. LMAO nice Sam “His name is LITERALLY an anagram for ‘Badd for Rams'” Bradford.

  7. he should team up with joe namath as a broadcast team for preseason games.ratings would soar.would be hilarious. players and family would line up outside their booth after game to brawl with the two drunkards.

  8. I think Fisher went overboard too with his 2 second fuse. Two wrongs don’t make a right. This could have been handled much differently, but Fisher chose to throw media rocks back like a little child.

  9. I enjoy listening to Bernie on the air and I’m not a Browns fan. However, he did cross the line a few times the other night. Hopefully he does not do that any more.

  10. He erred and should be forgiven-much like all of us humans. geezus-the things that are complained and discusses sometimes are inelegant and arbitrary.

  11. Not a Rams fan, not a Browns fan, but like a lot of people heard the comments when the game was shown on NFL network.

    I really don’t care about the whole thing, there are always some guys working the broadcast booths across the league in preseason who are total homers and not very professional in that job, but downplaying it with the “he was just telling it like it is” excuse kind of baffles me.

    Yeah, it’s his right to voice an opinion and all that, but when you do it like he did without any tact and with extreme bias, especially on a broadcast that will air nationally, you still come across like kind of a jerk.

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 11, 2013 7:58 PM

    Oh please cgsuddeath, I don’t care one bit about your perpetual doormat of a team. The Rams’ sole purpose of existence is to fight tooth and nail with the Cardinals to be the doormat of the NFC West. LMAO nice Sam “His name is LITERALLY an anagram for ‘Badd for Rams’” Bradford.

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    Cool story bruh. When’s the last time the Seachicken’s won a Super Bowl? Oh wait… never. Scoreboard.

  13. Look out! Joe Bummer is now on the case. Porno dad will soon be at the studio seeking employment as a position by position announcer!

  14. Anyone who is defending Kosar didn’t hear the remarks, period.

    It has nothing to with the quality of the Rams recievers, or lack thereof. No one is saying he doesn’t have a right to criticize them. It’s what he said and how he said it.

    Kosar has a problem. Whether it brain trauma or something else, anyone who has heard him speak in the last several years knows the man needs professional help.

  15. I watched the game and I have to say I too questioned how he belittled their players. I’m not sure if Kellen Clemens dated his porn star daughter and it ended poorly or what but it sounded like he had a personal vendetta towards him. It’s preseason football and not everyone belongs in the nfl & this is a way to weed those players out. However, I don’t think he needs to launch an attack on tv towards certain players.It is clear from previous broadcasts and calls to radio stations here in town that he enjoys the sauce or is very heavily medicated and with that being said he needs to stay away from the microphone. Bernie wonders why he never has a bigger role with the team and this is a prime example why

  16. all you ppl defending Bernie must not realize he has been on the air before drunk as a skunk.has no business broadcasting games until he sobers up.wish him the best.

  17. I’m sure the Browns would’ve been fine with it if those eccentric remarks been directed at the Bengals.

  18. But he represents a Haslam organization, so professionalism is not guaranteed and can’t be expected. Maybe the Rams should have thought about that when they chose not to protest having him join their elitist club and when they chose not to petition Goodell to take out the trash. Don’t play games and make partners with shady people, otherwise expect to be disappointed later on.

  19. I guess the ‘professionals’ hate Kosar because he is bucking the ‘Grudenization’ of football play by play. Is there any other way you ‘professional’ folks would like to ruin football?

  20. Fisher sucks but owned my Jags. So anything I’ll say is biased.

    Talking about Bernie’s “issues” crosses the line, in my opinion. It’s clear he’s had medical issues. As for drinking, if that’s what Fisher is talking about, then come out and say it. It’s a radio broadcast in the preseason. You got 90 and in 21 days you need only 53. Focus.

  21. theuncletodd: Yesterday, when I suggested BK should not be talking into a mike, You deemed me an “idiot” and told me to get my facts straight, among other things. OK, let us take a look at some QUOTES from this article and see what was “factually” mentioned, NOT by me, but by a third party 1) start with the title, 2) ramblings, 3) bizarre, 4) wr PARENTS should be embarrassed, 5) Browns CEO: we don’t condone the personal and UNPROFESSIONAL approach, we’ve spoken to Bernie and EXPECT the SITUATION is RESOLVED going forward. 6) treatment for football-related trauma, 7) It appears FOR NOW the Browns won’t be taking the microphone away from a man,who is showing, for whatever reason he’s perhaps not FIT TO BE SPEAKING INTO ONE. 8) Browns now risking an even UGLIER INCIDENT in the future. OK “uncle” how do you like these facts? Are they good enough to support my point of view, or are you one of those higher-level- critical thinkers who don’t enjoy being confused by the facts?!

  22. I am for one sick and tired of announcers sucking up and praising players even they’re no good. I think Bernie shouldn’t apologize because after all, he is a commentator and honest criticism in my opinion is a part of being a commentator.

  23. Sounded like he said he himself would be embarrassed if the parents were watching.

    Wish he did all the games.

  24. Love the guy, but he probably shouldn’t be a broadcaster. It was a local broadcast, so pumping up the Browns would have been ok, but driving down the other team is unnecessary. Having said that, every national broadcaster, every other fan for that matter, takes nasty shots at the Browns when they can…we deal with it. Why can’t Fisher deal with it?

  25. His remarks about the Rams talent was fine. Saying their wide receiver’s parents should be embarrassed was crossing the line – especially considering what his daughter is up to.

  26. I love all the Cleveland fans calling out the rams for being a bad franchise… I would say thats the pot calling the kettle black but the sad thing is the browns can’t even claim to be on the rams level.

    The Rams have won a superbowl and been to 3 total where the browns have been to none… awkward

  27. I’m ashamed of what Fisher said….So unprofessional. I would suspect that the Rams or the NFL should fine him a substantial amount in short order.

  28. so bernie has to apologize for saying someones game play is horrible…but it was ok for roy firestone to call bernie a drub ken giraffe back in the day… dear nfl your league just took 5 steps backwards attacking bernie

  29. It is so awesome that the Browns are the Browns from the top down and have no inclination of changing whatsoever.

    “Well, what he said was clearly inappropriate and doesn’t reflect what the organization thinks. But, you know….what’re you gonna do?”
    “Fire him?”
    “Hmm….hadn’t thought of that….I GUESS that’s an option but….naw. We’re going to just keep doing things how we’ve been doing them. It hasn’t worked, on any level whatsoever, so far…so….you know….it has to sooner or later. Right?”

  30. You bunch of morons need to get your facts straight before you open your pie holes. Bernie never said “their parents should be embarrassed”. Jim Donovan, the play by play guy, said “what if some of their parents are watching?” Kosar said “I’d be embarrassed”. If you decide you want to read the actual conversation and context, check out dawgsbynature.com. They have it all. Or, your can keep swallowing Peter King’s half baked version of events. It’s your choice.

  31. He should be fired for his comments. No matter how bad a team is or how bad they’re lacking depth, it’s not right or professional to go out and talk down about them and bring their families into it.

  32. blackngold4life says:
    Aug 11, 2013 7:58 PM
    (Howard Cosell) Stupid phone
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    I thought Howard Costello was intentional!

  33. God forbid somebody actually did something that made preseason games entertaining for once.

    I am a Browns fan. But I totally expected the Rams to come out and dominate that game. I thought they were the better team. They obviously aren’t. Guys like Peter King and Jeff Fisher that are upset about Bernie’s comments should be more upset about how the Rams played.

  34. Jeff.. grow a pair.. come on.. but Bernie… need to do 2 as a limit (at the bar)..

    but Browns… you hired as a ‘color’ commentator and I love what he said.. I love football… truth hurts.. come on…

    got to watch the 4 th qtr.. hilarious… great.. love it.

    whimps.. what did terry bradshaw once say.. heck might as well have QBs wear dresses…

  35. The ironic part is that Bernie is saying that those kid’s parents should be embarrassed about their kids in football, yet his daughter is a porn star…

    guess he knows all about embarrassment

  36. Oh please cgsuddeath, I don’t care one bit about your perpetual doormat of a team. The Rams’ sole purpose of existence is to fight tooth and nail with the Cardinals to be the doormat of the NFC West. LMAO nice Sam “His name is LITERALLY an anagram for ‘Badd for Rams’” Bradford.
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    Congratulations!!You just put your foot in your mouth and proved my point.Just shows how uninformed you are.Don’t let your myopia get in the way of facts.

  37. browns are the embaressment – why would he bee any different….sounds to me like too much to drink like most browns fans…hiccup

  38. Oh please cgsuddeath, I don’t care one bit about your perpetual doormat of a team. The Rams’ sole purpose of existence is to fight tooth and nail with the Cardinals to be the doormat of the NFC West. LMAO nice Sam “His name is LITERALLY an anagram for ‘Badd for Rams’” Bradford.
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    By the way,when is the last time your drug induced team won a Super Bowl?Classic dormat bridesmaid that they are.

  39. I’m watching it right now and enjoying the spit out of it. Thanks, guys, if it hadn’t been for all the hoopla I never would’ve qued up a Browns/Rams preseason game cuz eww.

    So far, Browns are rolling up St Louis 17-0 in the 1st quarter and Bradford is getting absolutely no help from the rest of his offense. Tavon Austin dropped a pass that hit him right between the the 1s on his jersey (he wears #11), and the play before that, a “back shoulder” throw caromed off Brandon Gibson’s actual back shoulder.

    Even if I didn’t know what was coming later I’m not surprised Kosar cracks wise, this game is already a laugher.

  40. Kosar is a drunk, his daughter is a porn star. Jim Brown is a woman beater. The Browns owner is a criminal. Cleveland sports teams are losers and chokers. How is that for honesty.

  41. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 11, 2013 10:37 PM

    I’m watching it right now and enjoying the spit out of it. Thanks, guys, if it hadn’t been for all the hoopla I never would’ve qued up a Browns/Rams preseason game cuz eww.

    So far, Browns are rolling up St Louis 17-0 in the 1st quarter and Bradford is getting absolutely no help from the rest of his offense. Tavon Austin dropped a pass that hit him right between the the 1s on his jersey (he wears #11), and the play before that, a “back shoulder” throw caromed off Brandon Gibson’s actual back shoulder.

    Even if I didn’t know what was coming later I’m not surprised Kosar cracks wise, this game is already a laugher.
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    Preseason games mean nothing.FYI,Brandon Gibson plays for Miami

  42. Kosar’s too personal comments followed by Fisher’s too personal comments proves neither is too professional. But, it is the NFL. It sells.

  43. For all of you defending Bernie, get a clue! Yes, he can give a great perspective on the game because of his experience but when you call wr’s “terrible” when half of them are rookies playing in their first preseason game that is just ignorant.

  44. I’m on board with those who think Kosar should be able to express his opinions. He was calling an Ace and Ace which has become very upopular.

    So what you propose to do? Remove Kosar and replace him with another talking head, empty suit who relies on cliches to get throught the game? We have plenty of those already thank you.

  45. This has been ridiculously blown out of proportion… and why does Fisher get a free pass on his personal attack on Bernie???

  46. 3:19, second quarter. Play-by-play guy asks him “[Ouch,] what if their parents are watching?” and he replies, “[Well, then] I’ll be embarrassed”.

    How you knuckleheads got “The Rams’ WRs’ parents should be embarrassed” out of that is beyond me.

    Case dismissed.

    PS It was Chris Givens, not Brandon Gibson, with the back shoulder throw.

  47. What a complete and utter overreaction to his comments. Jeff Fisher needs to grow a thicker skin as does anyone offended by Kosar’s remarks. He’s been saying stuff like this for years during preseason games and if Fisher didn’t cry about it, no one would have paid any attention. If anyone commenting on here actually watched the game, you would know that their WRs were awful during the game. Time to grow a pair!

  48. I can’t make any sense from the comments on this board or the ‘votes’ supporting or damning Bernie. There seem to be a number of schizophrenic Browns fans who are in knee-jerk defense mode for Bernie because…well, he represents an era when the Browns didn’t embarrass Cleveland. Until the Browns win more games than they are expected to lose, their announcers shouldn’t be taking shots at the opposition in any game.

  49. Kosar is a wino of epic proportions, and he’s been using his imaginary post-concussion syndrome as a bogus crutch since he retired. The dude needs an intervention and six months in a drunk tank with Amanda Bynes.

  50. Bernie’s weirdness during his broadcast really wasn’t about the wideouts. He went out of his way to criticize Kellen Clemons in multiple and odd ways. He would bring him up to criticize him even when he wasn’t on the field. It wasn’t offensive to me, but it sounded like he had something personal against Kellen.

  51. The rams have had more success than the Browns. The rams have Super Bowl titles. The rams have uniforms with an actual logo on them. The rams have cheer leaders. Why did Cleveland even come back into the NFL? No one missed that bush league team.

  52. Fire the guy Mike, really?

    Of the comments I’ve read about, they’re not really that bad, and quite honestly, their receivers do suck, no matter where Fisher is, Titans, Rams, he never has any receivers. Either he places no importance on the position or simply has no eye for WR talent.

    All Kosar did was say what most everyone else was thinking.

    Our society is emotionally weak.

  53. Wow this carried through the entire weekend? Can we have another football related arrest or something? This site went TMZ over this spat. We get it, Bernie’s a booze hound Fisher took a cheap shot, how did this warrant 4 articles? Please God bring on the regular season

  54. He was a part of the greatest game ever! “The Drive”…..Those were the days! Leave Bernie alone, he played about 25 years. His head ain’t right….

  55. Let me start by saying…I’m not a fan of Bernie Kosar! Never have been. But…I believe him to be the best analyst in broadcasting. He’s right about what play is coming up next 99% of the time…just by looking at the formation. His co-anchor asked him after he rightfully blasted the Rams receivers “What would you say if their parents were watching?” Bernie replied “I’d be embarrassed”. I took that to mean that he’d be embarrassed to be speaking so badly of those receivers if their parents were watching. Not that he was saying that those parents should be embarrassed. Whatever brain injury Bernie had…I can say his treatment is working. His first year broadcasting Browns games he was barely understood. Now I can actually follow every word. Good for Kosar. I might not be a fan of him as a player, but I’m definitely a huge fan of him as a broadcaster. Keep it real!

  56. What right does the Browns organization have to talk with him anyways? When did they gain the right to censor television broadcasts? They need to start censoring their lying owner before they start worrying about what Bernie’s saying on the air.

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