Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar isn't backing off his stance, striking an unapologetic tone after ripping the St. Louis Rams' wide receivers and backup quarterback Kellen Clemens during a television broadcast last week.
Kosar was reprimanded by Browns CEO Joe Banner
Thursday night during the Browns' game against the Detroit Lions, Kosar stuck to his guns.
“I love the game so much, there's no way I'd want to disrespect or hurt, or make fun of, any players or coaches,” Kosar said. “That being said, the way I look at the game and the way I like to analyze it from a football perspective, it is what it is. And again, I don't want to disrespect and hurt any of the players and coaches in the league. I do like the way I look at the game and I have strong feelings about the way the game's played.”
Last week, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said: “I'm just surprised that Bernie has such a lack of respect for players and this game. To be honest with you, I lost a lot of respect for him. It's highly unlikely he knew anything about our football team, but felt the need to make those comments. I don't think they were justified.”
Kosar later apologized to Fisher and the team is sticking with Kosar.
“We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night,” 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.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.