Bernie Kosar addressed the controversy surrounding his comments made during last week’s broadcast of the Browns preseason opener with the St. Louis Rams but did not apologize.
“I love the game so much and 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. Again, I don’t wan tto disrespect or hurt any of the players or coaches in the league. But I do like the way I look at the game and I have strong feelings about how the game is played.”
During last week’s broadcast, Kosar called the Rams receivers “horrible,” even saying he’d be embarrassed if he were one of their parents. He then said Rams Wide Receivers Coach Ray Sherman wasn’t doing a very good job, either. He was also very critical toward Rams third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens and turned an anecdote about Clemens and Pope Benedict XVI into a joke about having to watch Clemens for a whole quarter.
Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher verbally blasted Kosar, saying he lost respect for him. Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King asked on Twitter if Kosar was drunk and later apologized for that remark.
Browns CEO Joe Banner released a statement on Sunday night saying the team doesn’t condone the “personal and unprofessional approach” Kosar took toward the Rams during the broadcast.