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Bernie Kosar claims firing was due to concussion-related slurred speech

Was working with WKYC-TV. Jason Butt

Print This April 24, 2014, 02:19 PM EST

Bernie Kosar is unhappy with the Browns and WKYC-TV terminating his contract a day ago.

An analyst on telecasts, Kosar claims he was fired due to a speech impediment that resulted dfrom multiple concussions throughout his career. He released a statement after being told he was fired.

“I was informed yesterday by the Cleveland Browns and WKYC that I have been replaced as a 2014 preseason game day color commentator," the statement read, via ESPN Cleveland. "I believe that this decision stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL. This is very unfortunate, as I believe my football acumen and ability to describe what is happening on the field, has been well received by Cleveland Browns fans.

"I love to put the personal touch, pride in the Browns, and pride in our Cleveland community into the broadcast. Being able to share these preseason games with my fellow Cleveland Browns fans is truly one of the remaining joys in my life.I would hope that WKYC would reconsider utilizing my in-game talents and overlook my concussion-induced impairment. I want everyone to know that I still bleed Brown and Orange.”

This is definitely a strong accusation from Kosar, to claim a broadcasting company and NFL franchise are discriminating against him due to an issue he can't control.

It's also significant because, if true, it would mean that something occurred during Kosar's NFL playing days is impacting his means to make money in 2014.

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