Tony Rizzo is Cleveland sport’s go-to voice. He is the guy people tune into for the latest updates and heartbreaks of the Cleveland Browns and other sports teams. Today the influential radio and television host was arrested after a 9-1-1 call was made by his wife Friday night. She asked for help from her husband who was choking her and hitting her in the face. This came as a shock to thousands of fans. Further yet is some fans are not that shocked. Rizzo had a temper.
Sources who knew Rizzo stated he could fly off the handle when he got into heated debates, especially about sports. In 2011 Rizzo was hosting The Really Big Show radio segment and was chatting with a caller. The call was surrounding the continued losses of the Cleveland Browns and well it got pretty ugly. Check it out below:
Rizzo has been connected to “passionate” outbursts previously. Is it just easy excitement or something darker? There is such a thing as passion, yet it is another whole level when it comes to arguing leading into the red-zone anger mode. Rizzo seems to step into that arena when it comes to proving his point. It appears when the call came into 9-1-1 last Friday, the Riz (as he is known) had been drinking with his wife. This could be the factor for Rizzo’s response of losing it and reportedly choking his wife and hitting her in the face.
The Medina police report states Catherine Rizzo locked herself in the bathroom and called 9-1-1. Catherine stated Rizzo was “really hurting” her and she was “really scared.” The dispatcher inquired to how Catherine was being hurt. The scared wife replied “Choking me, hitting my face.” The dispatcher confirmed with Catherine if alcohol was in play. Catherine stated it was and explained Rizzo had been banging on the door, until he heard she was calling police. Then she relayed a chilling factor.
“There’s a gun upstairs.”
911 call from Catherine Rizzo
Rizzo was arrested at 10 p.m. Friday night and charged with one count of domestic violence. Fans are taking to the airwaves and social media to relay their level of disgust at the long-time sports jockey who should have known better. Calling long-time sports fans who have commonly watched The Rizzo Show on Cleveland’s Fox 8 channel showed a genuine sense of disgust.
I have been watching Riz for so many years. My grandkids met him and we find out he’s nothing more than an abusive monster? I don’t care how much you drink, you know damn well when you are hitting on a woman! -Ruth B., Cleveland
Wow, that is sick. You know what though it isn’t that surprising. Rizzo tends to run his mouth to the point of breaking. Sorry to hear about Cathy though, that ain’t cool. – Devon T., Cleveland
More people chimed in with similar sentiments. Basically, Rizzo has lost a lot of fans today in the wake of this mess. Surprisingly, he did appear on his radio segment for his 4-hour show. At the end, he stated he would be at work tomorrow and it seems WKNR, for now, is supporting their popular sports jock and released the following statement.
We do not believe it is appropriate to comment on Tony’s personal life. Tony is an exemplary teammate and member of the community and his status with us is unaffected.
Considering television and radio personalities have been commonly released for stunts outside of work, it will be interesting to see how WKNR handles the feedback from the public. Domestic abusive is never a matter to sweep under the rug and any actions Rizzo committed Friday will have an effect on his career. Will fans be comfortable calling in to shoot the breeze on sports? Tony Rizzo is out on bail, Guardian Express is awaiting further confirmation regarding future court dates. For now, Rizzo is reportedly charged with one count of domestic abuse for choking and hitting his wife in the face. Rizzo’s attorney has entered a plea of “not guilty” for his client. The Rizz is remaining quiet on the matter, only advising once he did nothing wrong. Stunned? Surprised? Feel there’s two sides to every story? Comment below.