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Bernie Kosar surprised by reaction to his radio interview

Bernie Kosar

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar watches during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Bernie Kosar did a radio interview with WKNR in Cleveland on Wednesday that went viral because of the way he sounded while on the air.

Kosar was incoherent during the interview, which ended abruptly when the hosts of the show appeared to cut it off because of how Kosar sounded on the air. People have opined that Kosar sounded like he was intoxicated or medicated while on the air and brought up his previous discussions about the toll concussions suffered during his career have taken, two notions Kosar dismissed on Thursday.

Kosar spoke to Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and said he was surprised that the interview generated so much reaction, although he understands why people were concerned. He said he did the interview while riding in a car with his daughter and that he wasn’t under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication while it was going on. He also said he was caught off guard by a question regarding his appearance on a new reality show about the Browns airing on the Travel Channel and became emotional while talking about the experience, which featured Kosar on the field at Browns stadium with the family of an Ohio-born soldier who died in Iraq.

Let’s hope that’s all it was and that Kosar’s next radio interview is a less troubling one.