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Browns sideline radio reporter Nathan Zegura removed from broadcasts for arguing with official



The Cleveland Browns sideline reporter Nathan Zegura has been removed from Browns radio broadcasts for eight games for yelling at game officials during the Browns Week 2 loss to the Saints, as reported by Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Zegura will begin serving his penalty starting this Thursday night. The ESPN 850 talk show host is also suspended from the Cleveland Browns Daily radio program for two weeks.

Cabot’s report says the Browns reprimanded Zegura in the past for his conduct with the officials, hence the result.

Ron Torbert’s crew handled the Saints-Browns game. We don’t know who Zegura yelled at. The officials ordered Zegura to move from his position on the sideline on Sunday after yelling about a call.

Game officials are expected to communicate with players, coaches and league personnel on the sideline about the game and the calls they make. Sideline media, cheerleaders, the chain gang, former players and other assorted hangers-on must be seen and not heard when it comes to officiating commentary.

In the press box, media may not cheer or engage in any other partisan demonstrations.

The NFL, NCAA and other leagues expect working media be professional while performing their game duties. Media are prohibited from arguing with officials while they are on the field or court.

For the next eight weeks, Zegura can buy a ticket and get all his officiating vitriol out of his system.

Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"