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Steelers WR Antonio Brown Blasts Former Teammate S Ryan Clark


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown took a shot Sunday at former teammate, safety Ryan Clark, telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Clark’s comments a few months ago about players smoking marijuana along with other negative comments made by other teammates in the past have not helped the team and need to be banned in the future.

“That’s the type of things we need to get better at. When you see stuff like that happen repeatedly year after year — from a guy calling LaMarr Woodley out, from a guy that’s calling the team out for illegal uses of a substance — it just shows the lack of team camaraderie we had in the locker room, the lack of togetherness,” Brown told the paper.

Brown didn’t stop there and he took aim once again at Clark, who signed with the Washington Redskins this offseason.

“When you see things like that, it shows you how guys feel when they’re not part of the team anymore,” Brown said. “It’s a form of bitterness or taking a shot at the team because you’re not there anymore.”

We shall see where there goes from here, but Brown seems to be trying to take a leadership role now on the offensive side of the football. The negative comments certainly don’t help, but there have been worse things to go on in other locker rooms.

Clark won’t be shy about responding to Brown’s comments, so this should be fun to watch over the course of the next few weeks.

Phase One of the Steelers offseason program got underway last week and Brown was indeed present for that. The workouts will continue this week.

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  • StrengthOfVictory

    Can’t say I disagree with AB on this. Clark was a heck of a football player for a number of years, and I loved his hard-hitting style of play. I didn’t even mind him telling it like it was from time to time, but not at the expense of causing team division. At that point, all you’re doing is calling attention to yourself. And that doesn’t do the locker room any favors.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Brown has to be careful not to be doing the same thing about former teammates that he is upset that they did. Keep it to yourself.

  • Moneypenny76

    Good for AB. I agree completely. Some things should be kept within the family, not broadcast to the entire world. Clark was out of line with some of the stuff he said. He used to be a great player and I wish him luck in the future, but I am glad he is out of Pittsburgh. His skills had deteriorated, and his mouth had gotten louder. Not a good combination.

  • walter mason

    Someone had to call Woodley out. But it didnt help. Too little, too late.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    While Brown blew me away with his on the field production last year, I cringe every time he stands before the media and try’s to make himself a public team leader.
    His comments, while rooted in a good point, are always awkward and often as out of place for public consumption (if not even more so) than what Clark said himself.
    I do not believe that Brown has the intelligence and the media presence to be the public speaker for the team.

  • frednash

    yah sure just ask Ike!

  • SteelersDepot

    Well, I can certainly understand this point of view. I cringe every time he is on with Skip and Stephen A.

  • SteelersDepot

    This, I agree with as well. What good was done by running to the media with it?

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Production is what qualifies Brown to speak. Do you suppose we should draft a kicker from Yale and make him the team leader? People are not delusional about NFL players-we know some are as articulate as others. Fact is we want to know what the stars think because they are the team leaders.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Exactly!

  • JAMESH

    Until I hear proof otherwise, I will believe that was James Harrison.

  • BLEEDSBLACKANDGOLD

    Clark has always run a thin line between speaking honestly and obviously grooming himself for a position with ESPN. I think it’s sad that as a so called leader in the locker room you would expose your team on national TV for your on personal gain. Don’t expect it to get any better now that he is gone and especially when he is working for ESPN after his career in football is over. As for Brown, keep it classy and stick to playing football.

  • Aharon Moyer

    Brown needs to understand that sumo’s like Woodley need called out. And although I don;t have an issue smoking pot, this is a business designed to to be run by human bodies. I don’t want my Steelers bodies smoking weed because I want their bodies to be drug free so they perform better. I don’t care about you AB/Clark as much as I do for the team. Sorry.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I like Brown but forget about being careful, he needs to take his own advice and keep it within the team. What’s the point. If you had a problem with Clark and what he said, he should have stepped to him as a man within the locker room. I wanted to but I’m not on the team LOL.

  • Johnny Loose

    I don’t know what it is about Brown, but every time he speaks publicly, it seems like his point of view is somewhat skewed. He always seemed like a guy who is kind of selfish. I would tell people that all the time while watching games. I felt that way about him before i heard about how him and Roethlisberger weren’t talking because of Brown’s frustration with not breaking a record towards the end of the season. I don’t want to make it seem like I’m overly critical of the guy though. He’s still a young man, just has a bit of a maturity issue I think. I don’t think he was off-base with what he had to say about Clark. At the same time, if you are dogging someone for running their mouth to the media, why act like the individual you are calling out, by doing the same thing basically? Calling people out through the media is kind of weak, never liked it. Shows a lack of character. Bottom line though, Brown works his tail off and is a huge contributor on the team. I agree with the idea that he might be trying to take more of a leadership role and I don’t fault him for that. I think he means well he just doesn’t see how how he might be perceived because of the way he comes off. Just not a very charismatic speaker I suppose. I hope he has the will to grow as a person, he could really be special. I’m on the fence about whoever called out Woodley though, i see both sides of that argument.

  • Aric Brown

    Harrison damn near called everybody out

  • Aric Brown

    Ya u want your statistical leaders being team leaders and public speakers, but at the same time Antonio Brown comes off a bit dim and almost starstruck every time hes in front of the camera,because of this I think anybody in the media that is good at what they do can trick/trap him into saying things that he shouldnt. With Clark now gone I think Ike Taylor is best suited to takeover as the “team spokesman” for the media

  • SG

    I wish all of these guys would just shut up already. Don’t really care what you guys think about one another, get on the field and play.

  • Rosco

    Gerry Dulac reported it and I think Harrison highly dislike Dulac so I doubt it was him!

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Brown is calling out a player (Clark) who no longer wears the black and gold. His actions cannot be compared to Clark calIing out Woodley (who was a Steeler at that time). I am sure Brown’s issues with Clark are not knew, but He concealed his views until Clark left. And he should have. NFL locker rooms are private places, so breaking the confidentiality code causes division-the latter is Brown’s point. All of the other stuff about him being a show boat or feeling frustrated after not breaking the record is meaningless. Whether or not fans want players smoking weed is also trivial and besides Brown’s point. Clark broke a locker room code of ethics. He needed to be called out. The fact that Brown is a bit unpolished and lacking Charisma does not make him any less of a team leader or qualified team spokesman. By the way, Ike Taylor is not an articulate speaker. Yet, he has a radio show. Go figure. Whether or not Taylor speaks much better than Brown is highly subjective.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Clark is no longer a Steeler. He is fair game!

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Perhaps going to the media lets other players know that now that the loud mouth Clark is gone, things will return to normal.

  • Johnny Loose

    I don’t think Brown should really be calling anybody out. Be a bigger man and lead by example. So you know it was Clark who called out Woodley publicly? That’s the first time I’ve heard it confirmed like that. How are you so sure that Brown’s issues with Clark aren’t knew? Either way that doesn’t matter. Speaking of breaking the confidentiality code, correct me if I’m wrong here, Brown was the one who told the media the locker room was divided. I think a group of grown men can govern themselves and straighten things out in the locker room without someone telling the public about it. You rarely ever hear about this kind of thing happening with a team like New England. I didn’t say a word about him show boating, I enjoy that aspect of the game. Feeling frustrated about not breaking a record is one thing, but acting like a complete baby is another. I didn’t comment on the team allegedly smoking weed because that is a completely different topic of discussion. Clark did break locker room code of ethics, more importantly, he broke a human code of ethics by betraying the trust of his teammates, which are like family. And you said, “The fact that Brown is a bit unpolished and lacking charisma does not make him any less of a team leader or qualified team spokesperson”. Exactly where did I state that he wasn’t qualified for either? I actually said that I don’t fault him for trying to take more of a leadership role. I basically said that as long as he has a willingness to grow as a person/leader, he could be special. I said that I think he means well. I don’t think you understood what I posted at all. Your post should have been done individually, not as a response to mine. I didn’t even mention Ike Taylor. But since you brought it up, I’ll tell you the difference between the two. Ike IS a special person. He is a man’s man. He may not be an articulate speaker as you say, but he IS charismatic. People naturally gravitate to his character, because he is a polished human being. Brown, on the other hand, is a DIVA. People do not gravitate towards him like they would Ike. That’s not exactly a fault of Brown’s, he is still young and finding his way as a man. Which is the reason I said I hope he has the will to improve not only on the field, but off of it as well. And your comparison of which is a better speaker between the two? where are you getting this from? What does that have to do with anything I said in my comment?

  • Johnny Loose

    +1

  • Johnny Loose

    And they needed Antonio Brown to point that out to them through the media? Perhaps that let’s them know they have a new loud mouth on their hands? Perhaps..

  • 20Stoney

    I would think it would be someone that A. Had a big mouth and likes to talk, or B. Benefited from it in some way.

  • 20Stoney

    If you’re going to call him out, call him out. Do it to his face, or if you’re going to resort to going through the media, put your name on it.

  • JAMESH

    It was Ron Cook who mentioned it in one of his columns.

  • Gloria Burke

    I don’t know that this was blasting Ryan Clark. The article title is a little misleading. AB’s comments weren’t really even about Ryan Clark–they were about camaraderie. I guess it brings click hits to the article, but I think it just helps to stir the pot in a slow news period.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Never looked at it that way?

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Johnny, I acknowledge reading into your comments. In doing so, I have taken somethings out of your original context. I also admit that some of my responses to your post ( For example, weed smoking and Ike Taylor) should’ve been amde to Arci

  • tim

    I still believe that Ryan Clark made all of these off season comments because he thought that this was it for him in the NFL, and he was auditioning for a full time gig at ESPN or some organization like that…I feel he was LUCKY to have ANY team interested, let aline signed but, dies it surprise ANYONE it being Washington? ?

  • tim

    Maybe Brown is stepping up as a vocal team leader mu ch like Clark was and is saying that no one will divid their team,especially not a former possibly bitter ex Steeler who definitely did not want to leave this team. I have absolutely no problem with what AB said when being thrown under the bus by a supposedly ex friend and teammate and im GLAD one of them FINALLY stepped up and said something

  • tim

    Just because one may not be the most graceful public speaker does not show one’s true intelligence, I mean I’m reading posts hear from the garbage man that seems well written….but wait until I see you guys on the street and you open your mouth, and start speaking and try to think of some intelligent things to say of off the top of your head right after you played a football game………

  • Toddy Bravo

    The good that came of it was that it sent a message that the new leaders on the team won’t put up with anything that adversely affects team unity. No matter how you feel about AB’s leadership skills, that’s the message he was sending. I agree with him 100% and think it was a good message to send. It’s the offseason and he was talking about a non-Steeler, NOT a teammate. Nothing unites like a common enemy…maybe AB’s smarter than some people here give him credit for.

  • Aharon Moyer

    Agreed.

  • Steve

    Brown just lost Clark as a friend. Yes, Clark said things he shouldn’t have, but you don’t throw your friends under a bus. Not saying Clark was right, but two wrongs do not make a right.

  • Steelers@2010

    I disagree, I’m glad AB spoke up on this matter. I’m glad Ryan Clark is gone, truth be told, I bet the Rooney’s and Mike Tomlin got fed up with his antics on national tv. He wants to be an analyst, good for him. No need to put the Steelers Business out in the streets like that. I’m glad AB spoke up, I think he was trying to send a message to the players on the team.

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree, but I hope you’re wrong.

  • Steelers@2010

    I think AB was speaking to the comments Clark made after the season was over. Clark went on ESPN and made those comments well after the season was over. I agree, any comments AB had a problem with during the season, it should have been addressed behind closed doors. I do agree though, the Steelers seem to have a divided locker room, at least that is what I perceive. Mike Tomlin IMO is under fire, he needs to have a productive season, he needs to make better decisions as a Head Coach in 2014 as well.

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