Browns say they had no choice but to severe ties with Bernie Kosar after he violated NFL rules

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The Browns severed ties with Bernie Kosar after he acknowledged on social media that he placed a legal $19,000 bet on the Browns to beat the Steelers.

On Sunday morning, Kosar tweeted that his “services are no longer desired or needed” on the team’s pregame radio show.

The Browns released a statement after Sunday’s game.

“Earlier this week, we notified Bernie that per league policy we were required to remove him from our pregame radio coverage for the season finale after he violated the NFL gambling policy by placing a bet on an NFL game,” the Browns wrote, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “We understand what Bernie means to his community and our history but as a team contracted personnel hired to provide content on our media platforms, his bet was a violation of NFL rules and we must adhere to all NFL policy.”

42 responses to “Browns say they had no choice but to severe ties with Bernie Kosar after he violated NFL rules

  1. I think that the Browns and the NFL should take it easy on Bernie… he got punch drunk while working for them

  2. Um, this is beyond stupid when the NFL is all about gambling now. He’s also NOT a player so who cares? Lame and weak the NFL is the worst it makes it really hard to be a fan.

  3. A radio guy, who has no effect on the up one of a game is fired for betting on his own team. Ridiculous.

  4. The should fire the Browns owner – take away his franchise – for profiting on legalized gambling on his team. Oh, wait….

  5. I agree with the NFL, he has access to players who can impact a game. just saying…

  6. Is he getting inside information? I guess it’s possible. If not, I don’t see the point.

  7. heLLpaso says:
    January 8, 2023 at 7:57 pm
    A radio guy, who has no effect on the up one of a game is fired for betting on his own team. Ridiculous.
    =====

    How does he have no effect?
    His radio opinions will be biased. He also has access to players and staff

  8. Ridiculous considering he’s basically nothing more than a Browns fan working for pocket change, when I, as a football fan, get continually bombarded with gambling ads on the radio, ESPN, and various web sites asking me to throw my money away on ridiculous fantasy football “teams” and ridiculous prop bets.

  9. The NFL promotes gambling every chance they get, make money from it hand over fist, but banishes and/or drops the hammer or anyone associated with the league who gambles. Who cares if former players, coaches or current players gamble on games they have no influence or impact in?

  10. This is ridicules. Gambling is legal in Ohio. Hope my employer don’t fire me because I bet on a game. Because we all do!

  11. So sexually deviant abusers are deserving of record contracts but you get fired if you place a legal bet?
    Got it!

  12. League draws the line at gambling, for a radio host…. But unwanted massage requests by one of the leagues young quarterbacks are applauded.

  13. So the Browns are “severing ties” with Bernie Kosar for “violating NFL rules”? Setting aside the NFL’s complete hypocrisy when it comes to betting….WHAT?! Is this the same Browns that has stood by Deshaun Watson? Deshaun Watson who was suspended for violating 20+ women! Yes, by all means, let’s draw the line at gambling.

  14. And the slow dismiss of the NFL CONTINUES,especially for fans over 50 yo… not our game anymore

  15. While I agree with those who say the NFL shouldn’t be partnering with gambling because it can make them hypocritical at times, but Bernie could have insider information that others do not.

  16. That’s rich,considering who their quartetback is now. Too late for the Browns to act like they are taking the moral high ground. Betting on the team is bad,but nothing like what Watson did.

  17. This is clearly the worst thing that anyone who has played QB for the Browns has ever done.

  18. Whether you agree with the rule or not, he knew of it and broke it.

    Now the question is for which aspect he was the bigger fool:
    1) For ruining his broadcast career
    2) Betting on the Browns

  19. These guys must have a gambling addiction because they know it’s against the rules but can’t stop themselves. Pathetic.

  20. So Deshaun Watson remains employed in Cleveland but Bernie Kosar isn’t.
    The NFL is completely insane.

  21. The thing that gets me fired up about this….is why would you go on social media and let everyone know what you did when you probably knew it wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do?

  22. “. . . but Bernie could have insider information that others do not.”

    I can see how whoever he placed the bet with would be upset by that (if the Browns had won), but why should the NFL be? The reason coaches, players, and referees are barred from gambling on NFL games is that they can do something to affect the outcome. Bernie Kosar can’t.

  23. Anyone complaining about this must be too young to remember the Stevin Smith Arizona state basketball issue. A person who has access to the teams coaches and players who regularly bets on said players is not always the most trustworthy person. Smith was being paid a lot of money by backers to ensure bets were being won. At worst even if he doesn’t try to manipulate bets or use insider info as a commentator his views will be skewed by how much money he’s winning or losing.

    It’s not the first time he’s been fired by Cleveland for making bad decisions unfortunately. Had he not bragged about it, he’d still be employed.

  24. “Anyone complaining about this must be too young to remember the Stevin Smith Arizona state basketball issue.”

    Stevin Smith was a player.

  25. I love Bernie, but you have to be smarter than that. And you have to apply the rules the same for the stars as you do for the scrubs.

  26. As a Browns fan, I love Bernie, but my whole life we’ve found every way possible to lose to the Steelers. So, I wouldn’t have placed that bet.

    But, as others have said – the NFL wants to rake in the money from gambling…but oh, wait, some gambling is “bad”? My guess is that it will be bad only when they choose to see it as bad.

    Also, I think it’s been well-proven this year that Mayfield wasn’t the problem.

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