Ryan Clark and Josina Anderson found themselves in a Twitter exchange on Saturday morning, sparked by Anderson’s tweet expressing support for Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson’s decision to speak up after being benched.
However, she took issue with Clark using the term “thug” to describe how New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton handled the situation.
Upon seeing Anderson’s tweet, Clark clarified that he indeed used the term “behaved like a thug” intentionally. He emphasized the distinction by stating, “‘Behaved as a Thug.’ Not is!! Make sure you quote me right if you sneak dissing.”
Wilson was benched this week in favor of Jarrett Stidham, a strategic move by the Broncos to avoid guaranteeing an additional $37 million for Wilson in the upcoming season. The decision has raised questions about Wilson’s future with the team, with the possibility of his release in the offseason, given his performance falling short of the Broncos’ expectations since his acquisition in March 2022.
The incident underscores the significance of carefully choosing words, especially in the realm of television and social media. Clark, being well aware of the potential repercussions, used language that stirred discussion and invited criticism.