Back in February, when Ryan Clark was still officially a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers but destined for free agency a month later, the safety said that he knew teammates who used marijuana as "a stress relief."
The remarks came during an appearance on ESPN, where Clark was a frequent guest and could land once his NFL career is over. Clark signed with the Redskins several weeks into free agency, but former teammate Antonio Brown remains bothered by Clark's comments.
“When you see things like that, it shows you how guys feel when they're not part of the team anymore,” Brown told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Alan Robinson Sunday. “It's a form of bitterness or taking a shot at the team because you're not there anymore.”
Brown, now one of the veterans on the Steelers' roster, doesn't see the benefit to going public with what should stay in the locker room.
“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 said.
“When you see people taking shots who were on the same team and wearing the same jerseys, that's a sign of not having that team camaraderie. That's something we need to get back, something we haven't had for the past two years.”
Clark responded via Twitter:
Antonio Brown can feel and say anything about me he'd like. We all have opinions. I'm not bitter and I'm not mad at him. Wish him the best!— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 28, 2014
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! #done— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 28, 2014
To the rest of my former teammates. Thank you for voting me captain in 2013. The most humbling achievement ever! Love y'all. Ball out.— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 28, 2014
The Steelers are coming off back-to-back 8-8 seasons and the upcoming draft could go a long way in determining their playoff fates for 2014.
“Our business is winning ... and I think we've definitely got to get better in that area,” Brown said. “We've kind of got a new team and a new environment, and I'm excited to get the draftees in and get everybody together so we can get rolling.”