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Ex-QB Kosar Gettin' Heavy Pocket Pressure

8/6/2008 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ex-NFL star Bernie Kosar says that his old biz partner is trying to strongarm him into shelling out over $100K -- by threatening to air his dirty laundry to the press.

And Bernie's getting a heavy rush from the tax man as well: the Miami Herald says that the IRS has filed a $228,000 lien against him on income tax owed for 2006, and he's also delinquent on his 2007 property tax, to the tune of $52K. Kosar is blaming the mailman on that one -- he says he just got the bills after moving.

Meanwhile, the ex-chef and partner in Bernie Kosar's Steakhouse in South Miami, Dan Harri, wants over $140K from Kosar that he says he loaned Bernie in the venture. Kosar says it's the other way around -- and that Harri and his lawyer have "threatened" him with personal revelations if he doesn't pony up.

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2236 days ago


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2236 days ago

JD Money    


2236 days ago

I'm Back Biatches    

I love Bernie...he is our home town hero!!!!! Screw the tax man!!!!

2236 days ago

You're Killing Me Larry    

In Cleveland, where 'ol "Bernie Blaster" is still more popular than any present or former player than perhaps Jim Brown, this news probably comes as something of a shock. They still remember him as a guy who ran like an alcoholic giraffe, had an arm like a wet noodle and yet still managed to win football games because of his intelligence. People like to freeze time in their minds.

You don't want to see a balding guy in his mid-forties who's gained weight around the middle, fighting with the IRS and business partners, losing half his assets to an ex-wife.

2236 days ago


Bernie can't run from the tax man -- because he can't run! Honestly, though, a great former player and seemingly nice guy. He helped return NFL to Cleveland after Modell lied to taxpayers to get a new stadium built and then moved his team to Baltimore.

Bernie will always be my "childhood" hero to this kid growing up in the Cleveland 'burbs in the 80's.

2236 days ago

The truth    

Bernie Kosar is probably one of the smartest quarterbacks, and individuals out of the Universtiy of Miami. His partner in the steakhouse abandoned the business to open a plumbing business with a friend in Tampa. He left owing his restaurant manager money he borrowed and walked away when business got tough. There is a thing called Feduciary responsibility which Dan Harri had towards the restaurant he hounded bernie to open. Once bunisneess got slow b/c Dan Harri is a chef and not a business man, he bailed and left Bernie holding a nut for over $500,000.00. I know this b/c i frequent the steakhouse often and know all the players involved. Dan Harri is desperate and threatening Bernie with airing dirty laundry. If Dan Harri had a claim against the restaurant, which he abandoned, he would of filed a lawsuit instead of making empty threats.

2236 days ago

obama 08    


2236 days ago


I have some money I could loan you Bernie.....hey bro'

2236 days ago

Uncle EL    

Word of advice.... Get a full background of who you do business with. There are so many shady people out there just to make a buck off you and for your ex, that bitch was a gold digger from the start.

2236 days ago

L Dawg    


2236 days ago


Poor Bernie.... Can't we all just get along, or at least break someone's legs.

2236 days ago

Big Eater    

I am a Big Eater and know the F&B team at Bernies. Man we miss Chef Dan after he resigned and left the wheels fell off that place. it used to be packed every night now you can shoot a cannon thru the place. He was a professional dude and always took care of us when we were there. If Bernie built that place for 500k I want 4 of them of course with DAN AT THE HELM!!!!!Too bad but all the tax trouble in our book is a good thing , that means you are making money, looks like Bernie pissed it away

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