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Bernie Kosar says slurred speech from concussions cost him TV job

April 24, 2014|By Melissa Rohlin
  • Former Cleveland Browns player Webster Slaughter and Bernie Kosar, right, are honored before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, 2012.
Former Cleveland Browns player Webster Slaughter and Bernie Kosar, right,… (Matt Sullivan / Getty Images )

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said in a statement that he has been removed as color analyst for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech.

He says his removal "stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL."

Kosar is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, the Browns announced Wednesday. Kosar called that decision "unfortunate," adding that doing the preseason games was "truly one of the remaining joys in my life."

Last summer Kosar received criticism for his comments about Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens. 

“Bless me father for I have sinned,” Kosar said of Clemens. “I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter.”

Kosar also said: “These St. Louis receivers are horrible.”

Former Browns CEO Joe Banner issued a public apology for Kosar's words.

“We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast (Aug. 8),” Banner said in a statement. “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 are in discussions with Kosar about having a new role with the team. 


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