Ryan Clark: Lack of leadership shown in Redskins-Texans brawl
Former Redskins safety Ryan Clark told ESPN a "lack of leadership" was shown by the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans in their on-field brawl during Saturday's joint practice in Richmond, according to The Washington Post.
“You want to have guys on your teams that are professionals,” Clark said on ESPN. “And what they did, just continuing to fight just to fight, it showed me a lack of leadership and also professionalism about these two teams.”
According to CSN Washington’s Rich Tandler, several fights broke out on two separate practice fields. The first fight “was mostly pushing and shoving with few actual punches being thrown,” Tandler reported. Several players from the first fight joined in when the second brawl broke out on the adjacent field.
The fight will air on the first episode of HBO's “Hard Knocks” on Tuesday night.
Clark also took to Twitter to respond to his critics:
So upset skins fans listen. Have I fought at practice? Yes! At time did I feel like I was right in my emotion? Yes! Was I wrong? Yes!— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) August 10, 2015
The truth is that my ego, machismo, & the man in me wouldn't allow me to walk away, turn the other cheek, be the better man! Wish I could've— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) August 10, 2015
As a leader I needed to walk away sometimes. At the time, I felt like the leader in me needed to fight. Catch 22— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) August 10, 2015
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