Kosar blames inability to perform field sobriety test on his offensive line

There’s nothing funny about drunk driving.  And there’s nothing funny about whatever issues have plagued former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, including most recently an arrest for drunk driving.

But there is something a little funny about the reasons Kosar gave for his inability to pass a field sobriety test on Sunday.

According to the police report, obtained and published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kosar explained that he would be unable to perform two of the standard field-sobriety tests because “he had a lot of surgeries on his knees and ankles because his [offensive] line couldn’t block.”

Kosar also butchered the alphabet, when asked to start with E, and he allegedly smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages and had slurred speech.  When asked to provide his driver’s license, Kosar handed to the officer two credit cards.

Kosar refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, which automatically triggers a suspension of his license.  (But probably not his credit cards.)

In recent years, it has become obvious that Kosar is dealing with many issues and problems and challenges as he continues to try to navigate life after football.  Here’s hoping he gets whatever help he needs, sooner rather than later.

34 responses to “Kosar blames inability to perform field sobriety test on his offensive line

  1. Because his offensive lineman couldnt block should be reason enough to get the charges dropped.

    Seriously though, he wasnt/isnt drunk, he just had too many concussions. Everyone else is using the concussion defense/alibi/excuse. If anyone has a legit concussion claim, its Bernie

  2. Genius line. If that excuse works, a lot of of us ex-QBs now have a Get Out of Jail Free Card to drive sauced.

    Kosar blaming his OL actually makes the Twinky Defense seem sane by comparison.

  3. Never take field sobriety test. It’s a monkey test, and a complete set up by law enforcement. If you are drunk, take the hit and go down town. Take it to court. Start calling cabs.

  4. If you pea-brains would actually COMPREHEND what he said, he stated he would not be able to complete the tests because of the surgeries he had. He attributes the surgeries to his o-line not being able to block and those surgeries are why he couldn’t perform the tests. You make it sound like when asked to do the tests, Bernie stated “I can’t do those because my o-line couldn’t block”. He may have been toasted, but not THAT toasted.
    This is not to actually defend Bernie. He obviously needs help and hasn’t been getting the right kind or enough of it. Let’s hope he gets what he needs before it’s too late. He is one of my favorite players and I hate to see this happening to him.

  5. I have no issue with someone drinking, snorting, injecting or inhaling themselves to death to deal with whatever issues they may have or just for pleasure provided they are consenting adults. Just because I don’t do it doesn’t mean I should moralize what other people should do. That said the situation changes when they make the decision to endanger the public by driving. So if someone wants to snort coke of a prostitute’s behind or drink cough syrup at home I don’t care but if they decide they want to endager the public then it should be automatic jail time. This is all too common and in no-way funny.

  6. The first time I read the headline, I thought it implied that Bernie couldn’t give his offensive line a field sobriety test. No wonder they couldn’t block!

    Wonder if that’s the same problem the Steelers and Giants have this year.

  7. Let’s hope he gets what he needs before it’s too late. He is one of my favorite players and I hate to see this happening to him.
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    This is the other thing that drives me nuts is the switch from perpetrator to victim because we like the person who committed the crime. This isn’t “happening to him”. He has shown a willful disregard for human life when he decided to drive drunk. Whatever issues or ailments he has is not the issue and he is not the victim.

  8. “Of course I drink a lot. I survived The Drive and The Fumble.”

    As far as coping mechanisms go, humor has a lot fewer side effects than alcohol.

  9. “What help? Someone to tell him to not drive when he has been drinking? You can’t fix stupid.”

    jimmyt: When Bernie was younger he was anything but stupid. He was the opposite of stupid. He graduated in 3 years with a double major in finance and economics. He has very legitimate issues.

  10. “It’s only fitting that Browns fans consider this loser a hero.”

    sirhulka: So do Canes fans. Get bent!

  11. I’m surprised he still has credit cards…

    The only decent thing the guy has really done is crank out a smoking hot pornstar daughter (Lexxi Silver). Let’s please quit acting like he’s some kind of victim.

  12. I really hate that if you refuse a breathalyzer, it automatically triggers a suspension of your license.

    I had an officer demand that I take a breathalyzer in NJ. He pulled me over because I had a taillight out…I made no driving mistakes, and I had had 0 drinks within the week before he pulled me over.

    Then he didnt give me a field sobriety test, he instantly went to the breathalyzer.

    Cops wonder why everyone loves firemen, and cops get almost no love. Well, I dont know many firemen that go out of their way to screw over the people they are supposedly serving.

  13. Bummer should distance the franchise from this clown. You don’t build you brand with drunks and porno stars.

    It also helps if you field a winning team!

  14. “He’s a drunk with a pornstar daughter but yet I’m a horrible qb? SMH”

    Signed,

    Kellen Clemens

  15. wolfiereasonedlife says:
    Oct 2, 2013 9:25 AM
    Let’s hope he gets what he needs before it’s too late. He is one of my favorite players and I hate to see this happening to him.
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    This is the other thing that drives me nuts is the switch from perpetrator to victim because we like the person who committed the crime. This isn’t “happening to him”. He has shown a willful disregard for human life when he decided to drive drunk. Whatever issues or ailments he has is not the issue and he is not the victim

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    Drunk driving is serious business and should be treated as such. It is a crime and he is not a victim in that sense. However, Bernie is also very clearly struggling with substance abuse issues. Alcoholism is a serious and degenerative disease. That is what we are hoping that he gets help for and we hate to see him losing the battle against the disease and making the terrible choices that put himself and others at risk.

  16. jjackwagon says:
    Oct 2, 2013 11:24 AM
    Your daughters a porn star and you live in Cleveland. I would get drunk every day too.
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    It sure beats Kansas friggin City.

    Loser.

  17. I think the saddest commentary here is the need to go after people since I bet there are many offenders in this forum who have done the same.

    It is easier to blame than to have some introspection and deal with your own problems.

    It could just be that these problems are that serious and I am not saying drugs and alcohol are any kind of solution but the help he needs is not withering criticism from hypocrites

    BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, GO I.

  18. wolfiereasonedlife says: Oct 2, 2013 9:20 AM

    I have no issue with someone drinking, snorting, injecting or inhaling themselves to death to deal with whatever issues they may have or just for pleasure provided they are consenting adults. Just because I don’t do it doesn’t mean I should moralize what other people should do. That said the situation changes when they make the decision to endanger the public by driving. So if someone wants to snort coke of a prostitute’s behind or drink cough syrup at home I don’t care but if they decide they want to endager the public then it should be automatic jail time. This is all too common and in no-way funny.
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    Could not agree more.

    @steelerben, I hear you and you make some good points. I just hate the designation of something people do of their own free will being classified as a disease by the government. It enables the very people it shouldn’t. I’d say people have genetic predispositions towards becoming addicted to things, sure. But if you have it in your family, you know there is 100% a sure way not to become addicted and that’s never to do it. Boom…no problems. People who have real diseases like cancer, ALS, etc don’t have a single choice they know they can make and they will never have their disease.

  19. @CKL: You don’t just need to be genetically predisposed to addiction for it to be a disease. It may not be like cancer or ALS, but it is a disease of the mind. I don’t think that it should be an excuse, but it isn’t necessarily a choice. I’ve struggled with addiction in my own life, both with myself and people that I have been close to. I’ve lost friends to it. While it is simple enough to say, make the choice not to have another drink or get clean, it is much harder to do so.

    And that’s where I feel compassion for Bernie and hope that he gets the help to make and stick to that decision.

    And for the record, I think that anyone who gets behind the wheel after drinking should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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