Callie Brownson made a lot of headlines for her ascension with the Cleveland Browns last season but now she finds herself in some hot water
Usually, when we hear the name Callie Brownson, it’s great news. The Cleveland Browns chief of staff was the first woman to work as a full-time coach in the NCAA Division I, holding a position with Dartmouth.
She was then a coaching intern in 2019 with the Buffalo Bills — however, that was not her first stint in the NFL. Before heading to Dartmouth, she had a stint as an intern with the New York Jets.
But it was when she joined the Browns that she really began to make NFL history as the first female to serve as a position coach in-game. She did this in Week 12 of the 2020 season by filling in for Drew Petzing as the tight ends coach.
Again, Brownson was coaching a group in Week 17 when she filled in for Chad O’Shea as the passing game coordinator and wide receiver coach in their huge win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, she is now making headlines for the wrong reasons. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Brownson has been charged with drunken driving and speeding for an incident that occurred on May 27.
“She was driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone when she was stopped at 12:27 a.m. on Pearl Road in Brunswick, according to court records. Her blood-alcohol content was .2150, court records say. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.” —‚ Cabot on Brownson, Cleveland.com
Cabot says that Brownson had a hearing on Tuesday. She also stated that the team was aware of the incident and expressed disappointment.
There could also be discipline coming from the team as well as the NFL, which aims to hold players and coaches to a high standard off the field.
Brownson has been a favorite of head coach Kevin Stefanski, with Cabot even referring to her as his “right-hand person.” After working closely with tight ends this past season, the expectation for Brownson in 2021 was to work closely with the running backs, while helping running back coach Stump Mitchell.