Columnist suspended for calling Browns’ Mayfield “midget”

              FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Cleveland. On Friday, jan. 31, 2020, Mayfield, who struggled from the outset while the Browns had a disappointing 6-10 season, went face to face with one one of his biggest critics, former NFL coach Rex Ryan and current ESPN analyst, who called the former No. 1 overall pick “overrated as hell” and felt he regressed after a rocking first year when he broke the league rookie record for touchdown passes. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland sports talk radio personality has been suspended indefinitely for referring to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield as a “midget.”

During a commercial break at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi didn’t realize his microphone was still on when he used a vulgar word before calling Mayfield a midget. Grossi is a columnist for the station and frequently appears on air.

The station’s owner, Good Karma Brands, issued an immediate apology to Mayfield and the Browns while adding its decision to punish Grossi. The company also said it will pursue sensitivity and inclusion training “for everyone on our content teams across our company.”

Chris Talbott, a spokesman for Mayfield, declined comment on the situation.

Mayfield has had a contentious relationship with Grossi, who advocated for the Browns not to take the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner with the first overall draft pick in 2018. Last season, Mayfield, who is listed as 6-foot-1 on Cleveland’s roster, stormed out of a group interview session in the Browns’ locker room after taking objection to a question by Grossi.


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