Report: Bernie Kosar Removed from Radio Show After $19K Bet on Browns vs. Steelers

Doric SamJanuary 8, 2023

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 17: Cleveland Browns pre season broadcast sideline reporter Bernie Kosar on the field prior to the National Football League preseason game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns on August 17, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. Buffalo defeated Cleveland 19-17. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was removed from the team's pregame radio show on Sunday for placing a bet on the Week 18 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter.

Kosar tweeted his reaction to being pulled from the game:

Bernie Kosar @BernieKosarQB

Steelers GameDay yet once again I was informed by the Browns that my services are no longer desired or needed. I will not be doing todays radio program.I am shocked &amp; disappointed 😒Brown &amp; Orange is my life 🏈 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UMatter?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UMatter</a> <a href="https://t.co/a834Gs3FSU">https://t.co/a834Gs3FSU</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BernieKosarShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BernieKosarShow</a> Go <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a>

The Browns released a statement Sunday evening confirming Kosar was removed from the broadcast for violating the NFL's gambling policy:

Mary Kay Cabot @MaryKayCabot

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> statement on Bernie Kosar: <a href="https://t.co/fn4GEtLjVf">pic.twitter.com/fn4GEtLjVf</a>

Kosar, who wore No. 19 while playing for Cleveland in the 1980s, announced this week that he was placing a $19,000 bet on the Browns to win and he intended to donate any winnings to charity.

However, the 59-year-old has been acting as an ambassador for the team as well as a contributor to its in-house radio shows in recent years, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. The NFL prohibits team personnel from betting on games, putting Kosar in violation of league rules.

The Youngstown, Ohio, native played for Cleveland from 1985 to 1993 and was selected to two Pro Bowls during his tenure with the franchise. His bet wouldn't have cashed in anyway, as the Browns lost to the Steelers on Sunday 28-14.