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Kosar pleads no contest

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Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest Monday to a reckless operation charge following his drunk driving arrest last September in Solon, Ohio.

Kosar blamed knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test at the time during the traffic stop.

Kosar entered a plea to the lesser charge and received a $750 fine and suspended jail sentence.

He was pulled over for speeding in suburban Cleveland. Officers said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. A police report said Kosar was driving 74 mph on a 50-mph limit street, and had slurred speech and difficulty speaking.

Last week, Kosar was removed as a color commentator for the Browns' preseason games.

Kosar, 50, said he lost his job due to slurred speech attributed to concussions sustained playing for the team. WKYC-TV issued a statement disputing Kosar's assertions.

Kosar released a statement in response to the demotion, calling the role "one of the remaining joys in my life."

That speech "is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL," Kosar said.

Kosar played for Cleveland from 1985 to 1992 and retired from the NFL in 1996. He led Cleveland to three AFC title games. He also played for Dallas and Miami during his 12-year NFL career.

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