Evrod Cassimy: Pic of anchor with singer/felon Chris Brown removed from CBS4 website

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Evrod Cassimy.
Among the top stories on CBS4's website at this writing is an introduction to newly hired anchor/reporter Evrod Cassimy. But one viewer who clicked was distressed to discover that Cassimy's head shot, seen here, was accompanied by a photo of him arm-in-arm with singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. Here's the shot.

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Chris Brown and Evrod Cassimy.
Brown, a 2006 Westword profile subject, was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service for the assault, which took place prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards broadcast, on which both of he and Rihanna were to be featured. The reason she didn't participate is clear from this photo of her injuries obtained by TMZ:

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Brown has subsequently expressed remorse for his actions. Earlier this year, however, he complained about the release of more Rihanna assault photos, prompting our Kieran Maletsky to pen a post headlined "Chris Brown is an ass who doesn't deserve another chance."

After questioning Cassimy's judgment regarding the photo in an e-mail to Westword, the aforementioned viewer wrote, "WTF is Channel 4 thinking? Why would they allow THAT photo to be on their website? What if the dude was an OJ fan? Would they have drawn the line there?"

Thus far, Cassimy -- who, like Rihanna, is of Caribbean descent (his parents are from Trinidad, she was born in Barbados) -- hasn't responded to an interview request on this subject. However, CBS4 news director Tim Wieland, replying via e-mail, writes, "That photo was taken during an interview Evrod conducted with Chris Brown at his former station [in Orlando, Florida], about a charity event Brown was doing for the Red Cross."

However, he adds, "We've decided to remove it from the bio page."

The photo is now gone. But Brown is still mentioned in the text among celebrity interview subjects, who also include Trey Songz, Cindy Crawford and Alex Trebek.

Photos of whom would not have raised any eyebrows.

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27 comments
guest
guest

The picture wasn't taken in Orlando -- do your research.

Trevor Dickerson
Trevor Dickerson

This even being news is silly. I know Evrod personally and he's a really great guy and this is all being taken out of context and unfairly blamed on him. As a side note, the story incorrectly states the photo was taken in Orlando, FL. It was taken at his former station, WWBT, in Richmond, VA.

Janiel Mack
Janiel Mack

so many haters all yall that hates chris brown needs to get off of his d*** d**k...Alot of peole aint gonna agree with me after i write this but oh f***ing well....Chris Brown is a human being just like us he makes mistakes and he has learned from his mistakes..Yall are so quit to judge a person because of that one mistake that he made...All of us on here has made mistakes in life and yall have learned from yall mistakes also...And i still think that it was Rihanna fault because she is the one that kept boasting the sh** up yall is so quick to jump on chris brown not seeing and realizing that rhianna was at fault..And when he was going through that whole situation in 2009 i never stop loving chris brown and til this day he is still one of my favorite singers in the world...He is back on and he is not gonna let these trifling a** haters bring him down and thats all im gonna say..LOOK AT HIM NOW,LOOK AT HIM NOW...HE GETTING PAPER : )

NotsoAnonymous
NotsoAnonymous

Actually, I think there are some people who would object to Alex Trebek...

Donjetaa Rbd
Donjetaa Rbd

Fuckk UUU .....Chris Is the Best everrr 

who tolk bad about him Shut upp or.......

shell517nj
shell517nj

I have so much to say but I am just disgusted by this right now. how do we tell our young people they can do better! shame on you cbs4.

shell517nj
shell517nj

 how petty can you get? here that young people? you don't have a chance in society if you do something wrong. something you regret everyday. there is no redeeming yourself what so ever. as for chris brown, I believe in this young man. I believe everyone can do better than their worst day. I wish chris all the best!  

Me
Me

I don't understand how adults find the time for such childish and petty problems. Yes Chris Brown abused Rihanna, but this has absolutely nothing to do with that. It's just a got damn picture. You people need to learn how to prioritize but I'm sure many of you are unemployed bums who have no lives which is why you're so upset over NOTHING.

Poot
Poot

Damn you people need to get a life lol. If before we mentioned anyones name (especially celebs) we mentioned their crimes or faults, then nobody would be a worth a damn. He's not going anywhere, so get used to it.

Ebony Jones
Ebony Jones

Chris Brown is a convicted woman beater. Who should be locked up.

Sharon Mclaughlin2
Sharon Mclaughlin2

@guess who , OH so thats why hes had one of the most sucesfull years of his career in 2011? Dude he did a bad thing. But his fans love him for who he is now.

team teairra
team teairra

Last I checked we were in 2011. How do we expect those two to grow up when grown people at news stations can't even do the same?

Guest Who
Guest Who

2008 called ... it wants its controversy back .

Sam I Am
Sam I Am

Chris Brown is a whiny little bitch and his music sucks a ball sack.

Vill Robinson
Vill Robinson

Unanswered/asked question: Whose idea was it to put that photo up in the first place? Idiot anchor/reporter or idiot elsewhere in the CBS4 organization?

Guest Who
Guest Who

nobody gives a fuck about Chris Brown anymore lol

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

That's the information we were given by his current station. Thanks for setting us straight, Trevor.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Funny -- although I should probably have posed that compliment in the form of a question. Thanks for the post.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for the post, which we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Guest Who
Guest Who

This actually, ironically reminds me of an "article" 9News would publish, or maybe CBS4?

Sam I Am
Sam I Am

I think it's great that you can defend an abuser of women.  Congrats on holding yourself to the highest of standards.

Twitter Fail
Twitter Fail

Yeah, Chris Brown hasn't beat any bitches up in 3 years (or so we know). I guess he's an upstanding citizen now.

Donjetaa Rbd
Donjetaa Rbd

Fuckk UUU .....Chris Is the Best everrr 

who tolk bad about him Shut upp or.......

shell517nj
shell517nj

gave you this like in error. my mistake.

Stan
Stan

Your musical taste is as bad as bad as your spelling.

Chrisf
Chrisf

Or what? You'll beat up your girlfriend? Butcher English even further?

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