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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tony Grossi Calls Randy Lerner "Pathetic" and "Irrelevant Billionaire" in Now-Deleted Tweet

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Update II: Whispers from the friendly confines of the Plain Dealer newscomplex tell Scene that Grossi's errant, insulting tweet might have the Browns beat writer in trouble today. Newsroom rumors, which are all they are at the moment, have Grossi actually in the office today, which as one person pointed out, never happens. That might not be anything — he did have a taping of some inside sports videocast for But, the editors and bosses have been talking to everyone's favorite "most irrelevant writer in Cleveland," and folks are assuming it's a dressing down.


Update: Earlier today, an apology was posted on on behalf of the paper:

“Last night, Plain Dealer Browns beat reporter Tony Grossi made an inadvertent, inappropriate post to Twitter concerning Browns owner Randy Lerner. Grossi has reached out to Lerner to apologize. The Plain Dealer also apologizes.”

And during his video podcast, Grossi also apologized, saying this:

“Last night there was a comment attributed to me on my Twitter account. It was inadvertent, it was inappropriate, and I do apologize for it. I’ve reached out to Randy Lerner to apologize to him for it and we’ll just leave it at that. It was inappropriate and not meant to be tweeted, but it was inappropriate nonetheless.”


Browns owner Randy Lerner went on the Triv show yesterday for an interview. (You can listen for yourself here.) Naturally, this is of interest to Browns fans, and, you would think, the Browns beat reporter for the Plain Dealer.

But not so much. At least, not in a tangible news sense. Only as an excuse to fire away with an opinion what was likely meant as DM to someone, but which found its way to the public eye.

Here's what Grossi had to say, after telling Twitter that he didn't listen to the interview, because, ya know, covering the Browns isn't really his job or anything: "He is a pathetic figure, the most irrelevant billionaire in the world."

Gee, Tony, don't hold back now.

In other news, Grossi is a pathetic figure. The most irrelevant beat writer in Cleveland.


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