Aug 4, 2011; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner (left) and president Mike Holmgren watch a training camp session at the Cleveland Browns training facility (David Richard-US PRESSWIRE)

The Plain Dealer Takes Tony Grossi Off Cleveland Browns Beat


In a surprising move on Wednesday, Tony Grossi was removed of his duties as Cleveland Browns beat writer for The Plain Dealer.

It all started last week, when Grossi accidentally sent what was supposed to be a direct message on Twitter to his entire group of followers. And he picked the worst subject to harshly criticize: Browns owner Randy Lerner.

“He’s a pathetic figure, the most irrelevant billionaire in the world,” Grossi said, though the tweet was later deleted. Once people caught wind of it, The Plain Dealer and Grossi apologized, but that doesn’t appear to have been enough.

Now that Grossi has been ousted, the speculation as to how it all went down can begin. It’s easy to assume that Lerner heard what Grossi had said about him and requested that he be removed from the beat, but a move this drastic easily has a backstory with more layers than just that.

It’s too bad for Grossi that the end of his run as a Browns beat writer came down to an errant tweet. It’s a testament to the fact that, in this day and age, where social networks make people more accessible than ever, public figures must be especially careful as to how they present themselves.


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  • afriend

    Good Randy Lerner got called out into the open! Lossing starts at the top. As brown fan we have tolerated losing far to long! Not sold on Holmgren plan one bit. What some 5 yr plan, or the 30 yr plan.

    Come on lossing starts of lack of effort, so much for all this so-call football knowledge those in charge want us to believe.

    WHAT ARE WE SUCKERS?

    Pathetic YES. An HELL YES!

    Course given the fact that he is rich they can go around the laws of all of us, they can buy their way out of obeying the laws. So all this non sense of children bullying others, it OK for the RICH to bully those that don’t have and it’s ok cause no one calls them on it. Hence you don’t like someone comments you can railroad them out of existence with even batting an eye and go about your merry way!

    Deep sorry for Tony Grossi, and will keep you in prayers for your honesty and accountability to your city and wanting a winner also!

    When those in charge put aside their ego’s, their arrogance and start showing up and producing wins then we will believe in you.

    The Browns are a disgrace to the city of Cleveland, and it’s your fans elevating you from isloation to get with the program and win already, not tomorrow, not next year, NOW!

  • afriend

    Good Randy Lerner got called out into the open! Lossing starts at the top. As brown fan we have tolerated losing far to long! Not sold on Holmgren plan one bit. What some 5 yr plan, or the 30 yr plan.

    Come on lossing starts of lack of effort, so much for all this so-call football knowledge those in charge want us to believe.

    WHAT ARE WE SUCKERS?

    Pathetic YES. An HELL YES!

    Course given the fact that he is rich they can go around the laws of all of us, they can buy their way out of obeying the laws. So all this non sense of children bullying others, it OK for the RICH to bully those that don’t have and it’s ok cause no one calls them on it. Hence you don’t like someone comments you can railroad them out of existence with even batting an eye and go about your merry way!

    Deep sorry for Tony Grossi, and will keep you in prayers for your honesty and accountability to your city and wanting a winner also!

    When those in charge put aside their ego’s, their arrogance and start showing up and producing wins then we will believe in you.

    The Browns are a disgrace to the city of Cleveland, and it’s your fans elevating you from isloation to get with the program and win already, not tomorrow, not next year, NOW!