An ESPN Cleveland reporter has been suspended for his derogatory comment about Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
ESPN Cleveland reporter Tony Grossi called Mayfield a “f–king m–get” during a live stream on Tuesday. It did not appear that Grossi knew the stream was still recording when he made the comment.
“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,” ESPN Cleveland said in a statement, per WKYC. “We are addressing this mater 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 Grands, to our fans, our partners, the Browns and Baker Mayfield – we are sorry.”
Grossi made the derogatory comment while discussing some of the young quarterbacks that have been taken highly in the NFL Draft. He then said the Browns were left with a “f–king m–get” at the position.
— Liam (@leojokerhart) February 25, 2020
This is not the first time Grossi has gone at Mayfield.
The Browns quarterback called one of Grossi’s questions “the dumbest question you could ask” at an October press conference, before walking away from the media scrum.
This latest incident isn’t likely to improve what was already a tenuous relationship.