Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar wrote on Twitter that he meant "no disrespect" to Dwight Clark after making a comment on Cleveland radio about the ex-tight end's ALS diagnosis.
"We had a bad weekend with Gale Sayers being diagnosed (with dementia) ... Dwight Clark with ALS," the 53-year-old Kosar said on Wednesday on ESPN Radio in Cleveland. "I could make a joke about his struggles in picking players when he was here. It almost makes me wonder if maybe it started earlier."
Clark served as the Browns director of football operations when the franchise resumed operations. He was with the club from 1999-2002.
Kosar, who received requests from many for an apology, took to Twitter to address the comment.
"I absolutely Ment (sic) no Disrespect to Dwight! I Spoke strongly about the need for prevention & care before U Get to This Sad Point!" Kosar wrote.
I absolutely Ment no Disrespect to Dwight! I Spoke strongly about the need for prevention & care before U Get to This Sad Point! https://t.co/WTRUFGZ6W5— Bernie Kosar (@BernieKosarQB) March 22, 2017
Clark is best known for being on the receiving end of "The Catch" in the 1982 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Clark, now 60, recently acknowledged that he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in late 2015 after visits to six neurologists and three ALS specialists.