Bernie Kosar Flagged by IRS For Delay of Payment

Former Cleveland Browns star (?) Bernie Kosar has had a rough half-year. Last December, he finally ended his long, contentious divorce with Babette, his wife of 17 years. In January, he was forced to deal with the sure-to-be hilarious fallout from this awesome poster finding a second life on the Internet. And now, worst of all, the IRS is after him.

Bernie Kosar, Sports Illustrated cover

According to the MIAMI HERALD, the IRS has filed a $228,806.21 lien against Kosar. Since we’re not lawyer-types around here, we don’t know exactly what this means, but if it’s made it’s way into the papers we can’t imagine it’s good.

Kosar, meanwhile, blames it on the bills “getting lost in the mail” - that’ll happen when you’re going through a divorce - and on the fact that he’s been mired in another contentious battle, this time with his co-partner in the restaurant business about some missing money. Most importantly, ladies and gentlemen, we have some terse email exchanges between the two!

From the MIAMI HERALD:

And Kosar runs Bernie Kosar’s Steakhouse in South Miami, amid a battle over money with Dan Harri, his former chef and partner.

Harri says he loaned Kosar and the business $142,612.62, according to a letter to Kosar from Harri’s attorney, Timothy Perenich. Harri declared bankruptcy in January.

Kosar says Harri owes him money. They’ve had terse e-mail exchanges over the past few months.

Harri: ”I have to do what I have to do . . . ” Kosar: “I trusted and gave you 10 extra chances and still haven’t asked what happened with all the early yrs money when we were over 100K per month.”

Harri: ”Kosar Hospitality owes me . . . I have kept very low profile on this.” Kosar: “I went way above what I should to help you and you haven’t even repaid one thing let alone all the mess and crimes I am cleaning up from you.”

Harri: ”Am available . . . if you would like to discuss.” Kosar: “U ungrateful stupid idiot . . . You can rot in hell . . . You aren’t even close to professional.’

But hold on, folks. Seems like this thing is just getting warmed up. Apparently, the ex-partnership has gone so far south that Harri plans to ”air a lot of dirty laundry about Bernie’s personal life’ to media outlets including ESPN”.

Hopefully the “dirty laundry” will answer the age old question: How was such a mediocre quarterback like Bernie Kosar able to stick around the NFL for 11 years?