CLEVELAND (WJW) — ESPN Cleveland 850’s Tony Grossi was suspended over a comment he made about Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield on Tuesday at the NFL Combine.
Grossi, over a hot mic, reportedly referred to Mayfield as a “f***ing m*****.”
A short time after his suspension was announced, Grossi tweeted a statement, saying he’s “truly sorry” for his “choice of words.”
“I sincerely apologize for using a word that is a derogatory slur. There’s no excuse for using that language in any context. It was said without malice but also without thought.”
He went on to say he will “strive to be a better person and professional.”
Grossi apologized to Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns, little people, Good Karma Brands and to his listeners.
A statement from ESPN Cleveland and Good Karma Brands, below, was released to FOX 8 News:
“We are aware of Tony Grossi’s statement about Baker Mayfield. The term Tony used is a derogatory slur to describe Little People. Good Karma Brands will not tolerate derogatory language that demeans others or groups of people.
We are addressing this matter with Tony directly, and while we normally do not comment on personnel matters, we do want to share that we have made the decision to immediately and indefinitely suspend Tony Grossi. In addition, we will pursue sensitivity and inclusion training for everyone on our content teams across our company.
From Good Karma Brands, to our fans, our partners, the Browns and Baker Mayfield – we are sorry.”
The Browns quarterback and Grossi have a past, which Grossi addressed in his statement, saying the two have had their differences.
“I’ve had to question by role in the erosion of the relationship,” Grossi said on Twitter.
Back in October, Mayfield suddenly left the podium after a question from Grossi.