The Cleveland Browns bowed to pressure and reprimanded Bernie Kosar publicly for his comments during the Browns-Rams preseason game, but let Kosar remain in the booth.
So, if you watch any local broadcasts this preseason, expect them to be even blander than usual.
Here's Browns CEO Joe Banner's statement, via the Medina Gazette:
“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.”
After Rams coach Jeff Fisher complained about Kosar ripping his players (of Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens, Kosar said, "Bless me father for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter"), Banner felt the need to keep the peace.
While Kosar was over the top, this mini-controversy sure won't lead to more honest commentary during the remaining preseason games. Color commentators are more likely than ever to take the "everything and everyone is great!" approach employed by some former players and coaches (yeah, we're talking about Jon Gruden here) that usually doesn't give anyone honest insight about the game.
There's probably a happy medium between constant praise even when it's unwarranted and Kosar taking cheap shots on the air, but after one team reprimanded its announcer for his criticism, you can guess which way preseason announcers will lean the rest of the way.