Bernie Kosar on Dwight Clark ALS diagnosis: “I could make a joke”

March 23, 2017 - als

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Dwight Clark, a mythological 49ers receiver who after served as ubiquitous manager of a Browns, announced recently that he was diagnosed with ALS. Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar apparently thinks that’s something to fun about.

Kosar, who has a lane record of creation wayward and inapt statements on a radio, did so again on Wednesday, when he pronounced on ESPN Radio in Cleveland that he suspected Clark might have already had ALS when he was a G.M. in Cleveland and that was because he didn’t attain in that role.

“We had a bad weekend with Gale Sayers being diagnosed [with dementia] . . . Dwight Clark with ALS,” Kosar said. “I could make a fun about his struggles in picking players when he was here. It roughly creates me consternation if maybe it started earlier.”

To fun about someone pang ALS — as vicious a diagnosis as anyone can ever accept — is shockingly callous. It’s also intensely ignorant to advise that ALS would impact a ubiquitous manager’s preference making. ALS does horrific things to a body, though it doesn’t hold a sufferer’s mind. (Stephen Hawking has been creation shining systematic discoveries for decades while pang from ALS.)

After people on Twitter told Kosar he should apologize to Clark, Kosar answered by tweeting, “I positively Ment [sic] no Disrespect to Dwight!”

Kosar might not have meant disrespect, though his criticism was positively disrespectful. Perhaps it’s time that radio stations stop giving him a platform.

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