Cleveland area television personality Lil’ John Rinaldi was at Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ press conference Wednesday at Paul Brown Stadium. And while the 4-foot-3 Rinaldi didn’t address the Lewis’ “midget” comment, he kicked things off with a height-related question comparing Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer and followed up with a pun-laden query.
Rinaldi, who works for Cleveland’s WJW Fox 8 and is a member of the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a regional Emmy winner, asked Lewis “Based on the height difference of Hoyer and Manziel, how has your defensive approach changed for Sunday’s game?”
A few minutes later, Rinaldi asked “Hoyer likes to stand tall in the pocket while Manziel tends to move around. What challenges does that present for your defense?”
Lewis answered the questions in standard fashion and the press conference went on without incident.
Here is video of Rinaldi reading his questions off his phone and Lewis answering them:
Prior to opening the floor for questions, Lewis apologized again for his comment on Monday night’s Bengals Line radio show when he called the 6-foot Manziel a midget.
“The remark that I made was dumb and caused a lot of uproar,” he said. “So again I apologize for that.”
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