A new book connected revered Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar to the same “anti-aging” clinic that led to Alex Rodriguez’s year long suspension from baseball.
“Blood Sport – Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era” was co-authored by the Miami New Times’ Tim Elfrink and Newsday’s Gus Garcia-Roberts.
The book alleges Kosar was steered to the Biogenesis “anti-aging” clinic by Julio Cortes, a teammate from Kosar’s 1983 National Champion Miami Hurricanes. Cortes visited Biogenesis because he had gone to the same Miami high school, Christopher Columbus, as its founder, Tony Bosch, according to Cleveland.com columnist Bill Livingston.
“In reality, ‘anti-aging’ was a flimsy euphemism for steroid doping…the book alleges that, along with A-Rod and other elite baseball players, seeking to either regain or increase an illegal performance edge, ‘a steady stream of ex-Hurricanes and former NFL players started creaking over to Bosch’s office for treatment…”
Among them was Kosar. ‘After a twelve-season pro career,’ say the authors in a sad summary of the Browns’ legend, “Kosar has stumbled through a sometimes-incoherent retirement, marred by batty behavior, bankruptcy and drunk-driving arrests.”
The book alleges Kosar made a $600 payment to the now infamous Biogenisis owner. The book paraphrases Cortes’ view on what Kosar allegedly received this way: “Compared to the highly addictive painkillers that NFL teams shovel at players, Cortes says Bosch’s treatments were a healthier alternative,” via Livingston.
Cortes’ gives a direct quote, as well:
“We can either do this or get back on the oxy. You read the papers about Kosar, and he’s a mess. He’s slurring his words from the medication, from the oxy that the Browns gave him.”
If Cortes is accurate, it’s truly stunning news that the Browns were passing oxy to their players during Kosar’s time in the 1980s.
Kosar was relieved of his Browns broadcast duties over the winer, which sparked debate among fans. He took some criticism for his slurred speech, but an overwhelming amount of viewers welcomed Kosar’s opinions, and looked forward to No. 19 knowing what was going to happen on the field before the ball was snapped.
It’s unclear how much of a relationship Kosar has with the Browns at this time. He was photographed assisting friend and current Chicago Bears head coach, Marc Trestman, which his quarterbacks in June.