Ryan Clark Responds To Antonio Brown: “He’s Not Smart Enough To Realize What A Good Teammate Is!”

You knew it wouldn’t take long for former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark to fire back at wide receiver Antonio Brown for the comments he made Sunday to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Clark, who signed with the Washington Redskins this offseason, has now taken to Twitter to defend himself.

Clark tweeted: “My family babysat for Antonio and my wife planned his son’s birthday party. He’s not smart enough to realize what a good teammate is!”

Clark would go on to say on Twitter that he’s not bitter that he wasn’t re-signed by the Steelers during the offseason as Brown suggested to the paper and that he’s not mad at his former teammate for putting his opinion out there.

This certainly escalated quickly and you knew it would. So where do things go from here?

While I understand where Brown was coming from with his comments, I wonder if he did any good by chiding Clark to the local media. Will Brown fire back once again? This will surely be a huge talking point next week as the major media really needs something to discuss with the draft still more than one week away.

  • Aharon Moyer

    Both parties need to to shut the trap, but Ryan Clark shows a petty immaturity here.


    Expect Antonio to be contrite and apologetic, but he will also say his comments were taken out of context.

  • stellarsfan

    I agree. Its obvious Ryan realized he took it too far by insulting a man’s intelligence. But u can’t take it back now; that shows some serious lack of character. Good riddance. And to be completely honest, I feel like he really isnt as well-spoken and/or insightful as he’s built up to be. Is it just me?

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m a big fan of both players but AB seems to take the wrong approach here. Why go to the media with this. I think Ryan is right when he says that AB doesn’t know what a good teammate is. If he wants to become a leader on this team he should start by concentrating and only talking about the players on the current roster.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, and try not to talk down about anyone. There’s plenty of media around to talk crap, so leave it to them. AB and others should take the high road.

  • walter mason

    Obviously he was initially hurt by ABs comments. I dont have a problem with Clark. AB needs to be careful what he says to the media.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I think Ryan while he throws his jab in at first he seem to make an attempt to take the high road with his subsequent comments. There’s nothing to gain by either player. I think both guys should concentrate on making their respective teams better and do less talking with the media.

  • Johnny Loose

    Glad Clark is with another team. Bring on Mitchell!! Brown has some growing up to do. Wish he’d just shut his mouth if he isn’t going to say something intuitive or inspiring. Hard worker though and productive on the field, that’s what counts on Sunday.

  • Aric Brown

    I can’t wait for AB to make Clark whiff on an open field tackle

  • Aharon Moyer

    Maybe RGIII, Clark and D. Jax can start a media gang.

  • Jason Vancil

    I wish we lived in a culture that understood what criticism was, how to make it and how to take it. Not everything has to turn into a personal slight.

  • aaron walter

    Clark was a great player for a long time but it seemed to me that he started his broadcasting career to soon. He said some questionable things about the steelers while he still played for them. I wish him the best but I’m also glad he’s gone just for the simple fact that he seems to care more about his post-football career. Hopefully we have a young safety or can draft a safety that hits like him. He knocked some heads off while wearing black and gold

  • gene mann

    this really needs to be a non issue now and this twitter talk needs to end

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Ryan Clark violated locker room code…period. He shouldn’t be bringing up guys’ personal lives. He was grandstanding for an ESPN gig. I liked him until he opened his mouth and became judge and jury AFTER he was out the door. Is AB out of his league intellectually with Clark? Yes. Does he have a right to have his say like Clark did? Sure. Funny Clark didn’t like it. Lost a ton of respect for the guy.

  • PA2AK

    They are certainly on the same level…neither smart enough to keep quiet to begin with. AB may have had something to gain in his own locker room for mentioning it…Clark only continues to drum up more potential followers for that job he’s been interviewing for, for the last couple years.

  • Iron Cadet

    I think it’s crazy how when Clark said those comments about weed all of us were saying how that was a stupid thing to do why would you out your own team mates. And then brown says exactly what all of us said a month ago and now people want to turn on him.

  • MC

    Maybe its just me, but i don’t think real men should take to social media, especially when it’s called “tweeting” in this case, to settle their differences. Yeah Brown made an indirect shot at Clarke but if Clarke and his wife were so close to Brown why not a f***** phone call to Brown first?
    That first tweet just gave me the impression of a teenage girl getting her revenge.

  • IQB

    I’m with you. 10000% accurate.

  • scott2443

    sure seems clarks following the espn guide lines when he interviews and is on espn …but then when people join the media sling mud club ..they have to do and say what they can to keep their jobs ..i also know brown is feeling his growing pains as a person and player …but both need to shut up ..clark really cant because hes now in the media say any thing you can club and see what sticks …but brown can take high road but hes feeling his oats…thanks twitter and facebook you done it again.

  • steeltown

    What does babysitting and his wife helping with his sons Bday have to do with Football and being a good teammate?? Shut up already!

  • Why doesn’t Ryan shut up, you won’t make the team bro. Tell Espn to keep a seat warm.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Clark is the one that doesn’t know what a good teammate is. Would he tell the media that his brothers and sisters break the law?

    He a POS cancer that we wouldn’t want on the team even if he could play.

    Babysitting wasn’t the problem. Obviously his wife isn’t a loser too.

    Brown should speak up. I also think that a media response was appropriate. He’s a traitor and should be called out. Psychopaths don’t learn to respect people until you confront them and make them make a conscious decision not to be a pos.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Do real men talk about fottball in chat rooms?

  • Brunski419

    For those saying that Clark was just mad with his first tweet and then calmed down with his second. Read the tweets. The tweet where Clark says he’s not mad is at 8:01pm and the one where he goes off is at 8:04. They are in the wrong order in the article. So this isn’t Clark just getting mad and regretting it later. This is Clark saying the right thing first, thinking about it, and then making the decision to take a child-like shot at Brown. I respect Clark a lot for the years he was with the Steelers but this just seemed like a high school response to someone criticizing him.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If you don’t excise what you felt strongly (and I imagine others felt, too) was a problem with this team, how else are you supposed to move forward? Ignore it? Maybe AB could have said “certain players from last year were more vocal in a negative way,” but he wanted to send a clear message: “That stuff didn’t help. At all. And no, we’re not looking for a teammate to become the new Ryan Clark…at least not vocally.”

    Ryan has been paving his way to ESPN for some time now, and that’s his choice. But it doesn’t do the locker room, or his team, any favors.

  • wdhammer

    Clarke needs that job at ESPN .He;s at the end of the line and now he needs to be contrary for him to-be viable on the show..

  • MC

    Not sure what you’re gettin at

  • Eric MacLaurin

    That “real men” is a lame discriptor.

  • MC

    Descriptor for what? Men who play one of the most demanding and physical games on earth? I think its appropriate.

  • SfSteeler

    can we have the draft already…

  • Jeff Anoble

    Yes he should follow Clark’s lead and start telling the media about all the private things going on behind the scenes. All the private drug stories that could cost a player his career if investigated further. If you were at work and a fellow employee ratted you out about something that could get you fired and embarassed on a national level. Expose a whole company as condoning the use of drugs, how would you feel about this guy. Clark is a piece of S#&T.

  • Douglas Andrews

    If I was the employee in question with your above scenario I’d dispute any and all allegations. Funny thing was I didn’t hear any Steelers players speak out against what Ryan said and I think we would be foolish to think that stuff doesn’t go on behind the scenes in a lot of NFL locker rooms. I’m not saying that Ryan was totally right for saying those things but The problem I have with Antonio is now that he’s trying to become more of a vocal leader why now take shots at a player that’s not even on the roster? He had every opportunity to speak out before now but he chose to wait until now! that pretty chicken S#&T in my book.