Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett responded Friday after news broke that the organization sent Jadeveon Clowney home from the facility after he publicly criticized the team.
Clowney told Cleveland.com on Thursday that he probably don’t go back to the browns next season, adding that he wants to be around people who believe in him.
«Ninety-five percent sure I won’t be back,» Clowney told the outlet. «But there’s still that five percent left. You never know what can happen.»
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«I feel like I need to be around someone who believes in me and my ability,» she continued. «(It can’t) be just me believing in myself. I believe in myself more than anyone.»
Garrett, twice First Team All-Prohe said he wanted teammates to be bought.
«We only want volunteers, not hostages,» Garrett told reporters on Friday.
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«I knew he was frustrated,» Garrett said when asked if he knew Clowney wasn’t happy. «We’ve all been frustrated. We’re not winning. And I know he wants to produce more. Hell, I want to produce more. We all want to do more.»
Clowney was critical of the organization in the interview regarding what he says is preferential treatment of Garrett.
«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.»
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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. «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.»
«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». .»
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The Browns have had a disappointing season, going 7-9 in Kevin Stefanski’s third year as head coach.
Stefanski declined to say if Clowney would sit out Cleveland’s final regular season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
«I’m not going to get into my discussions with any of our players over the course of the season,» Stefanski said Friday, according to ESPN. «We’re all human. We all have things that come up throughout the season that we talk about, but I’m not going to go into detail about this.»
Clowney is in his second year with the Browns, having played in 13 games with two sacks.
Fox News Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.