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Dolphins Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa Responds to ESPN Analyst’s Comment
- Updated: August 25, 2023
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa addressed remarks made by ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark on Wednesday, emphasizing the significance of respect after Clark commented unfavorably on Tua Tagovailoa off season workout regimen.
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During an episode of “NFL Live,” Ryan Clark, a 13-year NFL veteran, playfully remarked that Tagovailoa appeared to have skipped the gym and might have spent more time in a tattoo parlor, humorously suggesting he hadn’t followed the nutritionist’s advice.
When asked about his offseason efforts during a press session, Tagovailoa replied, “I believe we all dedicated ourselves during the offseason. I’m not one to focus solely on myself, but it’s a significant endeavor.” He continued, “Did I intentionally aim to build all this muscle? In a way, I aimed for a slightly lighter approach. There are various factors that people are unaware of—things behind the scenes that are discussed.”
He then asserted, “Hence, I would appreciate if you refrained from mentioning my name in that context. That’s my stance.”
Tagovailoa, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft from the University of Alabama, expressed his dissatisfaction with Clark’s comments. He noted, “He probably knows more about me than I do about myself. Ryan’s been away from the league for a while. It’s a bit unusual when someone talks about another person who isn’t that person. I come from a Samoan family, where respect is fundamental.”
He added, “However, there’s a point where it becomes necessary to tread lightly. We’re resilient individuals, and if push comes to shove, we’re prepared to stand our ground.”
Clark acknowledged that his comment was intended as a joke but accepted full responsibility for his words in a post on social media. He expressed his willingness to speak with Tagovailoa and maintained that respecting NFL players and personnel was his primary objective when entering the world of television.
In response, Tagovailoa stated that his intent was never to question Tagovailoa’s commitment or work ethic. He accepted Clark’s apology but emphasized the importance of presenting opinions thoughtfully.
Tagovailoa, who faced challenges with concussions in the previous season, had the fifth-year option exercised in his rookie contract by the Dolphins in March. He remains with the team until the end of the 2024 season, with a fully guaranteed salary for the 2024 season.
By- Sahiba Suri