Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney apologized to teammate Myles Garrett for comments he made last week that he now says were «completely misrepresented.»
Last Friday, Clowney was sent home from the Browns’ practice facility after criticizing the organization and saying he was «ninety-five percent sure» he wouldn’t be in Cleveland next season.
The comment was made in an interview with Cleveland.com, in which Clowney also raised an issue with what he says was the preferential treatment of the organization from Garrett.
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Clowney told the publication that the organization put Garrett in more favorable matchups to showcase him.
«Everyone is trying to get somebody into the Hall of Fame when all that matters is winning,» he said in the interview. «Everybody got here for a reason, and we can all make plays. I know I am.»
On Friday, Clowney apologized to Garrett and his family for the comment.
«As a son and a father, I want to fully apologize to anyone I have offended, specifically Myles Garrett and his family,» Clowney wrote in a statement obtained by various outlets. «My words in the locker room [sic] They were not only taken out of context, but completely misrepresented.
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«As a man, I reached out to Myles specifically to apologize. I will continue to learn and grow as I go along.»
Clowney just wrapped up his second season in Cleveland, playing in 12 games with two sacks.
Garrett disagreed with Clowney’s assessment, adding that his relationship with Clowney «has always been cordial».
«I think everyone is worried about winning games,» Garrett said last week. «I don’t agree with looking at it that way. I think the guys in our room, and really the guys in the organization, are very focused this season on winning and getting good matchups for everyone and trying to win for everyone.»
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«It’s not just about me or anyone in particular looking good. We’re all trying to find a way to win and everyone trying to have some success on the field. Because everyone is trying to make it to the postseason and to the Super Bowl». .»
The Browns missed the playoffs after going 7-10 during the regular season.