Scene Magazine’s Vince Grzegorek has reported that The Plain Dealer has removed Tony Grossi from the Cleveland Browns beat. Grossi “accidentally tweeted” last week calling Browns owner Randy Lerner “a pathetic figure, the most irrelevant billionaire in the world”.
“He was in hot water with his editors and bosses at the PD over the inadvertent tweet, which displayed a huge bias — hatred even — toward the Browns’ owner. There was an obvious question whether he could objectively continue to cover the beat, the answer to which came when the Plain Dealer weighed in today with the move.”
Many Cleveland sports fans on twitter and facebook (and in our comment section) have been calling for Grossi’s removal for years, and aren’t very sympathetic to his dismissal today. There has been no official word from the PD on the disciplinary action or any potential replacements. (For full disclosure, WFNY has a partnership with the PD’s online home, Cleveland.com.)