Browns suspend chief of staff Callie Brownson following OVI plea

Head coach Kevin Stefanski says she’s “remorseful”

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns have suspended chief of staff Callie Brownson for an undetermined amount of time following a ‘no contest’ plea to an OVI charge Tuesday night.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday that the incident would not cost Brownson her job.

“Extremely disappointed,” Stefanski said. “We take these things very seriously. We’re working with the league on appropriate discipline. Callie’s obviously very remorseful and she’s going to learn from this and we’ll support her along the way.”

Brownson, who is working alongside running backs coach Stump Mitchell this year, was not on the field for Wednesday’s OTAs.

“She is suspended,” Stefanski said.

Brownson was pulled over for speeding just before 1 a.m. on May 27 after an officer clocked her going 55 mph in a 35-mph zone on Pearl Road in Brunswick, Ohio.

A breathalyzer test indicated she had a blood alcohol content of 0.2150, well over twice the legal limit of .08 in the State of Ohio, according to court records.

The speeding charge as well as a second charge for OVI over .17 were dismissed in conjunction to her no contest plea for OVI during a hearing in Brunswick Mayor’s Court Tuesday night.

“She’s extremely remorseful,” Stefanski said. “I’ve spoken to her many times and she’ll learn from this and hopefully we’ll all be in a better place after this. I’m disappointed. She’s disappointed and, again, we’ll work through all the particulars.”

The 31-year old became the first woman to serve as an assistant coach during a regular-season game when the Browns visited the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 29, 2020. Brownson filled in for tight ends coach Drew Petzing, who did not travel with the team after his wife gave birth to their first child.

Since her arrival, Stefanski has praised Brownson's contributions to him and the team, especially during the pandemic in helping them adjust to protocols and scheduling.