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ESPN Cleveland Host Tony Grossi Suspended For Calling Baker Mayfield A ‘F**king Midget’

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ESPN Cleveland host Tony Grossi has been suspended after a hot mic picked up a comment from him on Baker Mayfield.

Grossi didn’t realize he was on air Tuesday when he was discussing all the quarterbacks the Browns had missed out on in the draft the past couple years. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

During his list, he referred to Browns starter Baker Mayfield as a “f**king midget.” You can listen to his comments below.

ESPN Cleveland announced that Grossi had been suspended “immediately and indefinitely.” They also announced they’d “pursue sensitivity and inclusion training for everyone on” the “content teams” across the “company.”

Should Grossi have called Baker Mayfield a “f**king midget” on a hot mic? Probably not, but this is an absurd overreaction by ESPN Cleveland.

He’s suspended? Sensitivity training? He called Mayfield a “f**king midget” while ranting about the quarterbacks the Browns missed without realizing he was broadcasting.

 

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The idea he should be suspended is laughable. He should apologize and everybody should get back to work. Tacking on sensitivity training is beyond stupid and unnecessary.

I think we all know Mayfield isn’t an actual little person, but he is shorter than your standard quarterback.

 

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What Grossi said was stupid, but suspending him and demanding sensitivity training is even dumber. Society really needs to toughen up.