The Internal Revenue Service placed a $228,806 tax lien on former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, which he said he has now paid.

The IRS filed the lien in June for Kosar's 2006 taxes. Kosar told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that he paid the back taxes a few weeks ago, and the reason why he hadn't paid them was that he was going through a messy divorce at the time.

"Divorce is difficult enough as it is, especially for someone who wasn't really looking to do that," he told the paper. "So who owes what and all of that becomes hard, but whatever I owe, obviously I would pay."

Kosar retired as a player in 1996 and is now one of the owners of both the Florida Panthers hockey team and the Cleveland Gladiators arena football team.

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