Former Cleveland Browns Quarterback Bernie Kosar Arrested for DUI
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has reportedly been arrested for driving under the influence.
According to Patrick Cooley of The Plain Dealer, Kosar was pulled over for speeding on U.S. Route 422 in Solon, Ohio, at 2:42 a.m. The police officers "smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle" and administered field sobriety tests.
As the report states, Kosar was taken into custody at the Solon Police Department without incident.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3
Bernie Kosar went on ESPN Radio in Cleveland and commented on his arrest for suspicion of DUI (via Pro Football Talk):
“With the court process going on it’s something that you’re not really supposed to over-talk about. You don’t want to put other people in danger, and I pride myself on trying to do the right thing and not wanting to put other people at risk. I’m not trying to blame anybody, I’m not trying to make excuses. I look hardest at myself and what I could do, and I know how appearances make things look, but it’s something again that I wouldn’t want to make anybody, put them in a tough spot. And when you’re trying to help people out, and you’re trying to do things, sometimes you end up in situations that you, you know, don’t look as good. But time’s going to show, show stuff on this. And again I’m not really able to talk a ton about things, with the case going on. But again for people out there, you have to take it seriously, you have to look within yourself first to make sure you don’t put people at risk, don’t put people in danger. And I never, never would do that, nor do I want to do that.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t Kosar’s first time dealing with a substance-abuse issue.
In an interview with Dan Le Batard of The Miami Herald (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), the retired signal-caller admitted that he had problems with drinking and pain medication. However, Kosar said those troubles were in the past.
“Would my kids be living with me if that were really the case?" he asked. "If I did 10 percent of things I'm accused of, I'd be dead."
Kosar has had difficulties in his post-playing days due to finances, a messy divorce and other personal problems. The 49-year-old also reportedly suffered from a number of concussions during his football career.
The 12-year veteran is best remembered for his nine-season tenure with the Browns, but he also won a Super Bowl ring backing up Troy Aikman on the Dallas Cowboys (1993), and filled the same role for the Miami Dolphins (1994-96) behind Dan Marino.
He finished his career having completed 1,994 of 3,365 passes for 23,301 yards, 124 touchdowns and 87 interceptions.
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