Cleveland browns Chief of Staff Callie Brownson was suspended on Wednesday after she clearly pleaded a drinking and driving charge this week following an arrest in Ohio last month where she recorded a higher blood alcohol level double the legal limit, said head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Stefanski told reporters at a press conference that Brownson, who is entering his second season with the Browns, will be suspended because the team is working with the NFL on the appropriate discipline, NFL.com reported.
“She has a lot of remorse. I have spoken to her several times and she will learn from it,” he said. I am disappointed, she is disappointed.
Stefanski noted that Brownson will not be fired due to his drinking and driving conviction.
Brownson appeared in Brunswick Mayor’s Court on Tuesday, when she argued without question of driving a vehicle under the influence, Cleveland.com reported.
The 31-year-old was first arrested shortly after midnight on May 27 for exceeding the 20 mph speed limit. According to a police report, the officer who made the arrest detected the smell of alcohol on Brownson’s breath and noted that his eyes appeared to be bloodshot.
Court records showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.2150, double the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
The Browns released a statement regarding Brownson’s arrest.
“We [are] aware of the incident and are extremely disappointed that a member of our organization has put themselves in this situation, ”the team said, via NFL.com. “We take this matter very seriously and will take appropriate disciplinary action.”
Brownson is one of a handful of coaches currently working in the NFL. She was a full-time trainee coach with the Bison Tickets before joining Cleveland. She also worked as a trainee scout with the New York Jets before joining the Dartmouth coaching team in 2018.
Brownson avoided jail but paid a $ 780 fine and his license was suspended, according to the report. She will also have to face the discipline of the league.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.