Browns deal Bernie Kosar after former NFL stars bet on team to win

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Former NFL star Bernie Kosar, who nearly led the Cleveland Browns to the Super Bowl, has parted ways with the organization after placing a $19,000 bet on the team to beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Kosar said during the team’s pregame radio broadcast Sunday before the Browns’ game against the Steelers that his services are no longer needed.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar watches the start of a game circa 1989. Kosar played for the Browns from 1985-1993.
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“Steelers GameDay, but once again I have been advised by the Browns that my services are not needed or wanted,” he tweeted two hours before kickoff. “Today I will not make a radio program. I was shocked and disappointed. Brown and orange is my life.”

Kosar admitted on the Bernie Kosar Show that he bet $19,000 on the Browns to beat the Steelers in a game with Hanford Dixon. He said that the winnings will be used for charity.

According to many reports, the two parties parted ways because of a bet. The NFL prohibits employees from betting on games, but sports betting is legal in some states. Ohio was one of the last states to open sports betting. Kosar and Pete Rose were among the first legal bettors.

Cleveland Browns all-time great quarterback Bernie Kosar is introduced to fans before the New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns game at FirstEnergy Stadium on Oct. 16, 2022 in Cleveland.
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Kosar was a pregame radio host and team ambassador.

The Browns later released a statement on the matter.

“Earlier this week, we informed Bernie that per league policy, we must remove him from the pregame radio broadcast for the season finale after he violated the NFL gaming policy by betting on an NFL game,” the team said. “We understand what Bernie means to this community and our history, but as a team we have hired staff to deliver content on our media platforms, [his] betting was a violation of NFL rules and we must follow all NFL policies.”

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns runs during the second half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns runs during the second half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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He played nine seasons with the Browns from 1985 to 1993. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys midway through the 1993 season and then spent time with the Miami Dolphins.

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With the Browns, he had 21,904 passing yards and 116 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowler in 1987.

The Steelers won the game 28-14.

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