Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has admitted that he was in the wrong for recent comments which were directed at Cleveland Browns color analyst Bernie Kosar. In his latest mailbag piece at SI’s Monday Morning Quarterback, King, who recently stood by his thoughts on Kosar and his choice words in regard to players on the St. Louis Rams, says that he was wrong for the tweets sent out late Saturday night which accused the former Browns quarterback of drinking on the job, commetns which King says was in jest.
“The more I started thinking I was just as wrong for jumping on Kosar with a bad joke,” writes King. “No excuses. I could have been critical of Kosar without being crass. Altogether my fault.”
On Thursday night, as the Browns were taking on the Rams in a preseason contest, Kosar, after a full night of intricate analysis of play-to-play defenses, referred to the Rams’ wide receiving corps as “horrible,” as well as a joke surrounding the Pope. These comments drew the ire of St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher and, later, King. Ultimately, the comments perpetuated by King led to a firestorm on Twitter as the widely followed and highly respected King was accused of a variety of items including cronyism (he and Fisher share an agent; the agent, Marvin Demoff, is the father of Rams COO Kevin) and unprofessionalism.
“In the old days, pre-social media, I’d likely have forgotten about it,” writes King. “You didn’t let me. It’s good that we have our readers/followers/listeners to remind us that we ultimately are reporting and opining for them.”
King concluded his thoughts by defending his relationship with the Rams, stating that he has yet to discuss Kosar’s comments with Fisher.