Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson pleads no contest to drunken driving charge

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Cleveland Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson pleaded no contest on Tuesday to a drunken driving charge last month, according to Cleveland.com.

Brownson, per the report, had a blood alcohol content of 0.2150 — more than twice the legal limit — when she was stopped early on May 27 outside of Cleveland. Brownson, police said, was driving 55 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.

She was also initially charged with speeding and for having her BAC above 0.17, but those charges were dropped. She will face “disciplinary actions” from the team, and could face punishment from the league under the personal conduct policy.

“We aware of the incident and are extremely disappointed that a member of our organization put themselves in this situation,” the Browns said in a statement, via Cleveland.com. “We take this matter very seriously and will take the appropriate disciplinary actions.”

Head coach Kevin Stefanski gave more information about Brownson on Wednesday, saying that she will be staying with the organization and won't lose her job. 

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Cleveland Browns assistant coach Callie Brownson
Cleveland Browns assistant coach Callie Brownson pled no contest to a drunken driving charge on Tuesday. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Brownson is one of several female coaches in the NFL, and became the first woman to ever work as a position coach during a game when she filled in for Browns tight ends coach Drew Petzing last season. 

Her previous coaching stops include Dartmouth, where Brownson became the first full-time woman coach in Division I, and the Buffalo Bills, where she was an intern.

Brownson is in her second year as the Browns’ chief of staff, where she works as the liaison between Stefanski and the rest of his staff.

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