The 17th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards took place Thursday night in at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom. Jay Crawford was the emcee for the event, and the "Professional Athlete of the Year" award went to Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James, who beat out Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, Cleveland Indians infielder Francisco Lindor, and UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic. Mike Hargrove, former Indians manager, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
For the past several years, I’ve tried to follow the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards show closely, because it’s been one of the times during the year where Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has had an interview with reporters. Presumably, since Haslam was at the Senior Bowl this year, he couldn’t be in Cleveland for the event this year.
One representative of the Browns who was there is potential free agent WR Terrelle Pryor. Here he was hanging out with Crawford and Browns legend Bob Golic:
The pair later went on stage to announce the winner of the Greater Cleveland High School Athlete of the Year Award.
Pryor declined to do a group interview, saying that his agent advised him against it. However, he did briefly chat with Tom Withers of the Associated Press:
Spoke briefly to Terrelle Pryor, who did not want to talk about any contract talks with #Browns. He's letting his agents handle.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 27, 2017